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Sixers down Pistons 106-86 in preseason exhibition

NBA: Preseason-Detroit Pistons at Philadelphia 76ers Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Detroit Pistons 106-86 in Tuesday evening’s game at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers improve to a perfect 4-0 this preseason, with one final exhibition on the slate against the Washington Wizards this Friday.

Ben Simmons (back tightness), James Ennis III (right calf strain), and Al Horford (rest) were all unavailable this evening. Matisse Thybulle and Furkan Korkmaz were inserted into the starting lineup in place of Horford and Simmons, and both players had solid outings.

Furkan Korkmaz finished up with 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting (2-3 3PT), 4 rebounds, and an assist. He also made some plays on the defensive end, contributing a block and a steal, the latter leading to a transition bucket:

Matisse Thybulle (7 pts/6 reb/1 ast) continued making impact plays on defense and splashed a step-back three that made me weak in the knees:

Joel Embiid was the high man of the game with 24 points (8-18 FG/0-4 3PT/8-8 FT) to go along with 8 rebounds and a block in 22 minutes of play. Josh Richardson and Tobias Harris struggled to score the ball, combining for just 21 points on 23 attempts.

Norvel Pelle stood out in his 12 minutes:

Other notables:

  • Kyle O’Quinn (2 pts/11 reb/5 ast/2 blk/3 tov) continued racking up assists, although he did turn the ball over three times.
  • Zhaire Smith (7 pts/3 reb/1 ast/1 blk/1 tov) did not enter the game until the 4th quarter. His lack of playing time has been disappointing, but it says more about the Sixers’ depth than it does about Zhaire.
  • Former Sixer Christian Wood registered a double-double on his way to 19 points and 10 rebounds.
  • Final box score.

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