Embiid, Griffin out for 76ers-Pistons matchup

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The Philadelphia 76ers (48-30) beat the Pistons 115-108 on Wednesday to push their winning streak to 12 games and sweep the season series with Detroit for the first time since the 2000-2001 season.

After six long, grueling years of heartbreak, the 76ers are back in the playoffs.

Redick scored 13 points in the first quarter, and backup big man Richaun Holmes had back-to-back dunks to give Philadelphia an 18-17 advantage. The 76ers are rolling and even playing the second game of a back to back, you can't overlook that momentum. The Sixers would have been a 27-win team if that happened over the course of a full year, although with Embiid sidelined until the postseason, that is going to change one way or the other. The Pistons' point guard is coming off a good game though, having put up 29 points against the Nets yesterday. "They hit some huge 3s and forced some turnovers, and that's the way a lead starts to evaporate, but we were able to reply with the same things".

■Tolliver has found a groove in the starting role with Griffin out for the last four games, tying his season high with 25 points.

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It has been mostly downhill since, with one disappointing turn after another.

Anthony Tolliver shot the lights out tonight.

The Pistons have been up and down offensively, ranking 25 in scoring offense with 103.3 points per game. They defeated the Chicago Bulls 4-2 in the first round but lost to the Boston Celtics in the semi-finals 4-3. Drummond scored 13 points with 15 rebounds. The Philadelphia 76ers are shooting 36.6 percent from beyond the arc and 75.6 percent from the free throw line. In fact, the Nets are 13-5 ATS this season when an underdog of at least nine points. On Tuesday night against the Brooklyn Nets, the 21-year-old Philadelphia 76ers rookie scored 15 points with 12 rebounds and six assists, joining Oscar Robertson (1960-61) as the only players in National Basketball Association history to record at least 1,200 points, 600 assists and 600 rebounds in their rookie season. Redick missed seven games with a leg injury before returning January 31 against the Nets. Ennis played seven minutes and failed to register a single counting stat, finishing 0-3 from the field with one personal foul.

CHICAGO - Many believe it's in the Bulls' best interests to lose as many games as possible as the regular season winds down.

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