BEN Simmons put together another solid outing, and the Philadelphia 76ers have remained the hottest team in the Wrap NBA.
The Australian point guard finished with 16 points, six rebounds, and seven assists, leading the way in the 76ers’ 115-108 win over the Detroit Pistons. It was the 12th straight win for the 76ers; the last four coming without All-Star centre Joel Embiid.
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J.J. Redick finished with a tied-game-high 25 points for the 76ers, who improved to 48-30, giving them the same record as the Cleveland Cavaliers; good for fourth in the Eastern Conference.
With the loss, the Pistons dropped to 37-41 on the season, and are eliminated from playoff contention. Anthony Tolliver led the way for the Pistons with an efficient 25 points, including 7-of-8 from behind the three-point line.
The 76ers’ next game is against the Cavaliers, on Saturday morning (AEST).
AUSSIES IN ACTION
In the San Antonio Spurs’ 122-112 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, Patty Mills finished with 15 points, three rebounds, and three assists.
Aron Baynes pulled down three rebounds in the Boston Celtics’ 96-78 loss to the Toronto Raptors.
AROUND THE LEAGUE
DALLAS MAVERICKS 100 — 105 ORLANDO MAGIC
Rookie Jamel Artis had 18 points for his second straight career high for Orlando.
Artis was coming off a 16-point game Tuesday night in a victory at New York. Aaron Gordon led the Magic with 20 points without playing in the fourth quarter.
Jalen Jones led Dallas with 15 points. The Mavericks listed seven players out with injuries including Dirk Nowitzki, the 19-year veteran who missed only his second game of the season.
MIAMI HEAT 115 — 86 ATLANTA HAWKS
Kelly Olynyk scored 19 points, including 15 on five 3-pointers when Miami took the lead for good in the second period, and the Heat beat Atlanta, capping a sweep of back-to-back games between Southeast Division rivals.
Miami rested Dwyane Wade, Goran Dragic and James Johnson one day after clinching a playoff berth by beating the Hawks in Miami. Josh Richardson also had 19 points, and Justise Winslow had 18 for Miami.