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Pistons vs. Sixers Game Recap: Detroit falls short vs. Philadelphia

The Detroit Pistons fall to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 114-106. The Pistons got off to a hot start from the field. Killian Hayes and Cade Cunningham continue to show good chemistry setting each other up for efficient opportunities to score all over the court. Early on in the game the Pistons were able to disrupt Philadelphia’s offensive attack holding them to one shot and out. Most importantly, not allowing Philadelphia’s two-headed attack of Joel Embid and Tyrese Maxey to get going.  Tobias Harris however, was who provided a spark to keep Philly in the game early on. Despite the early onslaught of Detroit, Philadelphia would remain composed and play a full 48 minutes of basketball. The major factor in the game would be foul trouble. Going into the half Cade Cunningham and Ausar Thompson would both be hit with 3 fouls a piece. The Pistons took a 56-48 lead into the break but the momentum was already beginning to shift. 

Some mid-game adjustments from Sixer’s Coach Nick Nurse ignited Embid’s play, and he was able to set the tone early in the second half. Embid used his ability to spread the floor to keep Detroit’s defense on their toes. The Sixers staggered many of Embid and Maxey’s minutes in the second half. When Embid sat late in the 3rd quarter, Maxey would pick up where Embid left off on the offensive end. Maxey’s lightning quick attack and creation off the dribble shut the door on any opportunity for the Pistons to bounce back in the ball game. The Sixers outscored the Pistons 65-50 in the second half with Maxey and Embid combining for 35 points en-route to their 7th victory in a row. Detroit made a valiant effort to bounce back in the second half but some untimely turnovers and an inability to keep Embid off the free-throw line would be their demise. The Pistons starting Center Jalen Duren would also leave the game early with a sprained ankle that has been bothering him over the last few games. Embid finished with 33 points, while making a staggering 16 of his 19 free-throw attempts.

The Pistons hope to bounce back on the road against a struggling Chicago Bulls team that has already fallen to the Pistons once this year.


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