SIXERS D IT UP TO WIN 6TH STRAIGHT!

By Tommy Matthews

Joel Embiid had 22 points and 10 rebounds and the Sixers rans their winning streak to six with a 113-93 win over the Detroit Pistons.

Philly is now 18-12, three and a half games behind the Bucks, who lead the Eastern conference.

“We like to work together,” Embiid said.

“We think we have a top two, top three defense in the league. Offensively, I think we’re finding ways even when we’re not making shots up there. We just have come together and everyone is understanding their role.”

Tobias Harris had 17 points, despite early foul trouble, and James Harden added 15 points and eight assists for the Sixers. Philadelphia got double-figure scoring from six players, including De’Anthony Melton (12), Georges Niang (11) and Montrezl Harrell (10).

The Sixers’ six-game winning streak is their longest since a seven-game run from Dec. 26-Jan 10 in the 2021-22 season. Philadelphia has won eight straight games at home after starting the season 5-5 in their own building.

“We’re playing well, but we have a lot of work to do,” Sixers head coach Doc Rivers said.

Detroit was led by Jaden Ivey, who followed up his career-best 30 points on Tuesday night with 16 points. Killian Hayes scored 12 and Saddiq Bey 11 for the Pistons, who have lost seven of their last eight games.

The Sixers overcame some offensive struggles with defensive stinginess. The 76ers forced 22 turnovers and held the Pistons to 32.1% shooting from the floor in the third quarter. That allowed the Sixers to weather an offensive drought and maintain a double-digit lead.

It also allowed Rivers to give some of his starters a much needed breather.

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