76ers win without Embiid, Harden earns former No. 4 seed – Greeley Tribune

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Joel Embiid sat outside after winning the scoring title and James Harden joined him on the bench, leaving Shaq Milton and Tyrese Maxi to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 118-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night. Did.

The Sixers finished as the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs and would open against Toronto.

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Milton scored 30 points, and Maxi and Paul Reid scored 25 points. Luca Garza led the Pistons with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

Embiid sat on the end of the bench and Harden pulled the hood of his sweatshirt over his head and the two of them knocked out the 59-loss Pistons to rally the Sixers to a 15-point lead.

Allan Iverson was at home and the last Sixer to win the scoring title – four, in fact – got to share the arena with this season’s winner. Embiid finished on 30.6 points per game. Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo also took rest on Sunday, finishing on 29.9 points. Embiid posted those numbers at just 33.8 minutes per game, the lowest minute average in the season by the scoring champions in the shot-clock era. He also became the first international since Shaquille O’Neill in 1999–00 to win the scoring title and first centre.

Sixers fans chanted “MVP! MVP! Embiid” when they were celebrated on the big screen for their scoring title.

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Harden also earned one game off and averaged 21 points and 7.1 rebounds in 21 games with the Sixers. He has been plagued by hamstring issues since playing with Brooklyn – the Nets sent him to Philly for Ben Simmons in a trade-deadline deal – but coach Doc Rivers said Harden was fine.

“He’s in a good place, I can say that,” Rivers said. “Conditioning-wise, he’s in a good place. We have a week to do it a little better. The hamstrings, whatever they tell me, are in a very good place. That’s the biggest concern, but I don’t have much. According to our staff, they feel great about that.”

Tip-ins:

76ers: A man might be down against Toronto. Earlier this month Mattis Thiebull was listed as ‘ineligible to play’ on the Sixers’ official NBA injury report, which he played in Toronto. Thaibul, a defensive specialist, has not said publicly whether he has been vaccinated against COVID-19. Non-vaccinated foreign nationals are currently prohibited from entering Canada. The rule’s limited exemptions no longer apply to professional athletes.

Pistons: Former Villanova star Sadiq Bey started all 82 games. … Cade Cunningham sat outside.

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