By: Kylan Watson
The Philadelphia 76ers were riding high as they pushed their win streak to seven games after breaking the Pelicans last night. They were looking to dominate the Detroit Pistons to push the win streak to eight. They used an offensive surge to destroy the Pistons 118-104.
The Sixers were missing guard/forward Ben Simmons (back tightness) and guard Seth Curry (calf injury). However, their absence did not stop the Philly offense. Center Joel Embiid (29-points) and forward Tobias Harris (18-points) took over the game. They combined for 47-points and Detroit could not stop them. They got what they wanted from the paint and the perimeter. When Detroit would double team them they would find an open teammate. This was a very balanced night for Philly and as the regular season comes to a close they will need more balanced scoring, to not wear out Harris and Embiid before the playoffs.
Even though the Pistons were overmatched they continued to fight. At one point they were able to cut the Philly lead to eight. Behind the scoring of forwards Saddiq Bey and Jerami Grant. They combined for 28-points and got what they wanted from the field. Whether it was from the perimeter or the paint. Philly was able to shutdown everybody else. However, they had to turn up the heat on defense to keep the Pistons down. Detroit’s shooters did not get any easy shots. Every shot was taken with a hand in their faces and the length of the Sixers clearly affected the Pistons offense.
Philly now gets two days off as they prepare for the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday as they enter the final week of the regular season. They will need to have another strong night on both sides of the ball if they want to push the win streak to nine. This is an important week for Philly they need to win two games to clinch the one seed in the Eastern Conference.
On the win and his playoff rotation, “We will not blink at playing 11 guys if we need to. We are that deep. We are that talented,” said Sixers coach Doc Rivers.