Published: Fri, October 26, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Blake Griffin dunks on Joel Embiid

Blake Griffin dunks on Joel Embiid

He even convinced the officials to hit Drummond with a second technical despite the obvious flop. Robert Covington chipped in 16 points and eight rebounds.

Griffin scored 22 of his 28 first-half points in the second quarter, but the Sixers still emerged with a 64-61 halftime advantage. Middleton, for example, finished the game with 25 points on 6-of-18 shooting, including a 10-for-10 conversion rate at the free throw line.

Griffin was dribbling in transition in the second quarter in Detroit and fooled Philly with a fake pass.

After Embiid missed a 3-pointer and Reggie Bullock missed a runner in the lane, Dario Saric had an open look on a 3-pointer but missed it in the closing seconds, forcing overtime. Mike Muscala, acquired in a three-team trade from Atlanta this off-season, made his debut of for the 76ers after missing the first three games with a sprained ankle. The NBA ruled that Embiid flopped on the play.

The Pistons' big man was quickly ejected, and Embiid got up and demonstratively gestured as if throwing Drummond out of the game, like a baseball umpire.

"He didn't feel as comfortable as we would've wanted", 76ers coach Brett Brown said before Tuesday's game.

The formula for the Bucks win was similar to the previous three games.

It's an interesting question of whether this 3-0 start from the Pistons is a testament to Stan Van Gundy for acquiring most of these players or an indictment on him that they didn't play better before.

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