NBA Game Recap - Philadelphia at Detroit
Mon Dec 23, 2019 7:00 PM EST

CHI
95
ORL
103
F
WAS
121
NY
115
F
TOR
115
IND
120
F(OT)
PHI
125
DET
109
F
ATL
118
CLE
121
F
UTA
104
MIA
107
F
SA
145
MEM
115
F
DEN
113
PHO
111
F
HOU
113
SAC
104
F
NO
102
POR
94
F
MIN
104
GS
113
F

Dec 23, 2019, 7:00 PM EST

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Philadelphia (22-10)

30

30

34

31

125

Detroit (11-20)

23

29

34

23

109

Harris, Simmons lead 76ers to 125-109 win over Pistons
Mon Dec 23, 2019 10:52 PM

DETROIT (AP) Two years ago, the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers made a blockbuster trade, with Blake Griffin coming to the Motor City in exchange for Tobias Harris.

Monday, it appeared the long-term winner of the trade has been the Philadelphia 76ers.

Harris outscored Griffin 35-8 and Ben Simmons added a triple-double as the 76ers beat the Pistons 125-109,

"We were able to get our offense rolling, score, get stops and get out in transition", said Harris, who was traded to Philadelphia in February. "We did a good job of just attacking."

Joel Embiid had 20 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers, who improved to 11-4 in their last 15 games. Simmons finished with 16 points, a career-high 17 assists and 13 rebounds.

"I was just sharing the ball, moving with pace and trying to tighten any gaps," he said.

Reserve Furkan Korkmaz added a career-high 21.

"Furkan gave us some good contributions," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. "We had 33 assists and 12 turnovers, which is an incredible ratio - Ben had 17 of those assists - and I especially liked our offensive rebounding."

Andre Drummond had 27 for the Pistons, who have lost five in a row. Griffin, who had missed the previous two games with knee soreness, scored eight points on 2-for-14 shooting.

"I've got no excuse," said Griffin, who has also been dealing with flu-like symptoms. "I've just got to be better. I'm used to contributing more and I just haven't been able to do that."

The Pistons rebounded a season-low 59% of Philadelphia's missed shots. Detroit's three lowest defensive-rebound percentages of the season, all under 70%, have come in the last three games.

"We've been looking at it, believe me," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. "Some of it is just boxing out, but a lot of it is guys coming in from the corners. It's a little bit of everything. Guys are shooting in and we don't have vision of them, and when Andre helps on someone, we have to crack down on his man."

Korkmaz had 10 points in the third period to help the Sixers build a 10-point lead, but Derrick Rose's layup made it 94-86 going into the fourth.

Philadelphia forced three turnovers in the first four minutes of the fourth quarter and expanded their lead to 103-92. After that, its dominant rebounding kept the Pistons from getting back into the game.

Drummond sat out the first 8:42 of the game after missing shootaround Monday morning. It was the first time he had come off the bench since his rookie season.

"That's a team rule," Casey said. "We might be getting our butts kicked on the floor, but we're going to have discipline."

The Sixers led by as many as 12 in the first half, but Svi Mykhailiuk and Markieff Morris combined for 19 points to keep Detroit within 60-52.

Late in the half, Harris threw a misplaced lob to Simmons, who was able to reach back and make a reverse layup. On the next possession, the pair flipped roles, with Harris guiding a Simmons alley-oop into the basket.

"He had a small defender, and I know he can make spectacular plays, so I just threw the ball in the air," Harris said. "He made a crazy layup and the next time he threw me one like I have athleticism like he does. I managed to get it in, so that was cool."

Tim Frazier scored seven points in the first four minutes of the third, helping the Pistons tie the game at 65, but the 48-30 rebounding deficit was too much for Detroit to overcome.

"I think a lot of the problem is coming from transition defense," Griffin said. "We're not getting matched up, so we're all trying to pick up someone we aren't used to guarding from a position we're not used to playing."

TIP INS

76ers: The Sixers have beaten the Pistons five straight times and are 5-0 at Little Caesars Arena.

Pistons: Griffin, Christian Wood and Rose all played despite knee issues, but Bruce Brown (calf) and Luke Kennard (knee) missed the game.

STRUGGLES AT HOME

The Pistons have lost five straight at home, matching their longest streak since moving to Little Caesars Arena in 2017.

LINGERING BAD FEELINGS

Griffin and Harris had to be separated with 5:21 to play. Both players were issued technicals, just as Simmons and Wood had been after a third-quarter disagreement.

BEST IN 51 YEARS

Simmons became the first 76er to have at least 16 points, 17 assists and 13 rebounds since Wilt Chamberlain did it twice in 1968.

UP NEXT

76ers: Host the Milwaukee Bucks on Christmas Day.

Pistons: Host the Washington Wizards on Thursday.

Leaders

Philadelphia PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
N. Pelle 0 -1 0 0 0 0
R. Neto 0 -1 0 0 0 0
Detroit PTS +/- AST REB ST BLK
A. Drummond 27 -2 3 9 1 0
D. Rose 16 -3 7 3 2 1

Team Comparison

PHI DET
Points For 125 109
Field Goals 52/95-55% 43/84-51%
Three Pointers 12/30-40% 10/30-33%
Free Throws 9/11-82% 13/18-72%
Offensive Rebounds 17 6
Defensive Rebounds 31 24
Rebounds 51 40
Blocks 8 1
Steals 8 9
Turnovers 12 13
Points Scored Off Turnovers 22 17
Points in the Paint 62 54
Fast Break Points 13 15
Personal Fouls 21 14
Technical Fouls 2 2
Flagrant Fouls 0 0
Ejections 0 0

2019-2020 Regular Season - PHI Leads Series 2-0

Date Result Away Pts Ldr Home Pts Ldr
Sat Oct 26 PHI 117 @ DET 111 K. O'Quinn 2 T. Maker 2
Mon Dec 23 PHI 125 @ DET 109 S. Milton 2 S. Doumbouya 1

Game Information

Stadium: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Attendance: 16,476
Game Time: 2:06