After a war of words throughout the week between Detroit Piston’s Andre Drummond and Philadelphia 76ers’ Joel Embiid – the Pistons traveled to the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia for the highly anticipated match-up against the Sixers.
Philly center Joel Embiid was asked about Drummond Friday when he told reporters,
“No disrespect, but he [Drummond] can’t shoot. I’ve got to worry about the defensive coverage’s as we have as a team”
Andre Drummond clapped-back though, taking a shot at Embiid’s health struggles throughout his career,
“I mean you can’t really have a conversation with a man who can’t play back-to-back, I’ve been playing for six years and I’ve missed maybe 4-5 games. So when he can play a whole season without taking a rest, he can come talk to me.”
The Sixers had a 63-47 lead going into halftime but by the end of the 3rd quarter, the Pistons had came back from down 18 to tie the game up at 80 a side.
With less than three minutes to go in the 4th quarter Andre Drummond fouled out, with his sixth called as Joel Embiid was pivoting on Drummond to make a drive at the basket. The Philadelphia crowd erupted as Embiid pointed to the door and Ray Charles “Hit The Road Jack” echoed throughout the arena. The Sixers would hang on to win 108-103.
Joel Embiid and Robert Covington lead the Sixers with 25 points a piece, Embiid had 10 rebounds and Covington had 8 with 3 assists. J.J. Redick put up 18, and Dario Saric had 17.
On Detroit’s side – Tobias Harris led the team with 27 points, Reggie Jackson followed closely behind with 25. Andre Drummond had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds, plus 6 assists. Detroit now falls to 14-8 and still in 4th place in the Eastern Conference.
With their win Saturday night the 76ers improve to 13-9, sitting at fifth place in the Eastern Conference. They will host the Phoenix Suns Monday night, followed by the Los Angeles Lakers coming to town Thursday night.