Sixers dismantle Pistons in Joel Embiid’s return

Joel Embiid returned from a three-game absence due to left foot soreness to produce 36 points, 11 rebounds and two blocked shots for the host Philadelphia 76ers in their resounding 147-116 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.James Harden added 16 points, 15 assists and 12 rebounds for his 72nd career triple-double as the Sixers registered a season high in points scored.Tyrese Maxey contributed 16 points, Tobias Harris added 14, Shake Milton had 11 and deep reserve Jaden Springer chipped in with a career-high 10.Saddiq Bey, Jaden Ivey and Rodney McGruder each scored 17 points for the Pistons. Alec Burks scored 16 and Hamidou Diallo had 14.The depleted Pistons competed without a number of key injured players, including Bojan Bogdanovic (calf), Jalen Duren (ankle), Isaiah Stewart (shoulder) and Marvin Bagley III (hand). Cade Cunningham, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2021 draft, has already been lost for the season.Embiid drove to the basket and threw down a dunk with 4:24 left in the second quarter for a 50-32 lead.When Harden dropped in a 3-pointer with 2:32 remaining, the Sixers led 56-36.Cory Joseph responded with a trey on Detroit’s next possession.The Sixers held a 65-43 advantage at halftime thanks in large part to 22 points from Embiid.

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