DETROIT – – Joel Embiid had 33 points and 14 rebounds and his two free throws with 72 seconds left, the Philadelphia 76ers were able to claim a 114-110 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night

Ben Simmons added 20 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for the 76ers and made a couple of big free throws himself in the last minute Philadelphia is at the top of the Eastern Conference but is only ahead of Pistons in last place Double-digit expansion at the beginning of the fourth quarter At this point, Dwight Howard’s Dunk put the 76s at 99-88

Detroit followed 110-108 after Jerami Grant made a 3-pointer at 28 with 5 seconds remaining, but Simmons calmly took two free throws to increase the lead to four

“I have the confidence to bolster and knock it down,” Simmons said, “Particularly late game”

Delon Wright’s layup made it 112-110, but Embiid ended the game on his free throws, finishing 12 of 17 off the line

Wayne Ellington scored 17 points for the Pistons, who led 63-61 at halftime and kept the game competitive despite Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose

“I loved the effort, I loved the togetherness the boys played with,” said Detroit coach Dwane Casey. “We keep doing this, good things will happen”

Embiid scored 80 points in his last two games, both wins against Boston He said he had back pain after a serious fall to his tailbone in Friday’s game against the Celtics, but he could play and the butts had all sorts of problems to stop him

Embiid scored 21 points in the first half and kept the 76ers within two points, despite Detroit leaving Philadelphia 27-6 out of two-quarters

76ers: Howard received a technical foul in the second quarter, apparently for complaining to officials after his shorts appeared to have torn

Piston: Ellington went 4 out of 6 from 3-point reach and is 24 out of 41 from a distance in the last five games. Griffin sat out to treat an injury to his left knee, and Rose had pain in his left knee

Simmons wasn’t particularly good at his career last season, he shot 62%, and the last two seasons have been worse than that

“Just having the confidence to knock these free throws down in a close game is great at the moment,” said team-mate Tobias Harris

These teams will meet again in Detroit Monday night. Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said this type of miniseries has its pros and cons

“Let’s say if a key player goes out and you get two cracks on a very good team, it’s difficult not only for that team but especially for the fans”You don’t get a chance to see a key player in any of the games,” Rivers said. “That’s one of the reasons they don’t. The competition I like about them. When you see a team in a row, the games are related, that are they always ”

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