Ex-Detroit Pistons player Tobias Harris leads Philadelphia 76ers past Detroit
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — Two years ago, the Detroit Pistons and Los Angeles Clippers made a blockbuster trade, with Blake Griffin coming to the Motor City in exchange for Tobias Harris.
Monday, it appeared the long-term winner of the trade has been the Philadelphia 76ers.
Harris outscored Griffin 35-8 and Ben Simmons added a triple-double as the 76ers beat the Pistons 125-109,
“We were able to get our offense rolling, score, get stops and get out in transition”, said Harris, who was traded to Philadelphia in February. “We did a good job of just attacking.”
Joel Embiid had 20 points and eight rebounds for the 76ers, who improved to 11-4 in their last 15 games. Simmons finished with 16 points, a career-high 17 assists and 13 rebounds.
Andre Drummond had 27 for the Pistons, who have lost five in a row. Griffin, who had missed the previous two games with knee soreness, scored eight points on 2-for-14 shooting.
“I’ve got no excuse,” said Griffin, who has also been dealing with flu-like symptoms. “I’ve just got to be better. I’m used to contributing more and I just haven’t been able to do that.”
The Pistons rebounded a season-low 59% of Philadelphia’s missed shots. Detroit’s three lowest defensive-rebound percentages of the season, all under 70%, have come in the last three games.