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Embiid scores 29, 76ers beat Pistons for 8th straight win



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PHILADELPHIA – – Joel Embiid scored 29 points, Tyrese Maxey added 22 and the Philadelphia 76ers won their eighth straight game, 118-104 over the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.

Embiid again put up the kind of numbers that have him in the thick of MVP consideration – he entered the game third in the NBA in scoring at 29.2 points per game and 10th in rebounding with 10.8 boards per game. It’s impossible for a Sixers fan to watch a game featuring the two one-time lottery picks and not think about how the Process – the Sixers’ often-dissected rebuild – could have gone off the rails had Embiid not blossomed into an All-Star.

“He has all the tricks,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. Embiid missed a second straight season with injuries, and Okafor averaged 17.5 points in a rookie season that included a string of off-court headaches.

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