76ers in-season tourney: 7th win in row, 114-106 over Pistons
Joel Embiid led the 76ers to their seventh straight win, while Luka Doncic scored 44 points in a Mavericks victory.
The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Detroit Pistons 114-106 in an NBA In-Season Tournament opener, extending their winning streak to seven games while handing the Pistons their seventh consecutive loss. Joel Embiid led the 76ers with 33 points and 16 rebounds, while Tyrese Maxey contributed 29 points and 10 assists, and Tobias Harris added 24 points. The 76ers have remained undefeated since their opening loss to Milwaukee, and the starters scored 104 of the team's points. The game saw a brief injury scare for the 76ers when Cunningham slid into Embiid's legs, but he was able to return to the game after a timeout.
In another tournament game, the Dallas Mavericks secured a 144-126 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers, with Luka Doncic scoring 44 points and Kyrie Irving adding 27 points. The Clippers have suffered three consecutive losses since James Harden joined the team. The Minnesota Timberwolves defeated the San Antonio Spurs 117-110, with Karl-Anthony Towns contributing 29 points and 12 rebounds, and Anthony Edwards adding 28 points. The Boston Celtics won against the Brooklyn Nets with a score of 121-107, led by Jaylen Brown's 28 points and Jayson Tatum's 23 points and 10 rebounds.
The Houston Rockets secured a 104-101 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, with Jalen Green scoring 25 points and Alperen Sengun adding 24 points. The Utah Jazz defeated the Memphis Grizzlies 127-121, with Lauri Markkanen and Jordan Clarkson each scoring 26 points. Finally, the Charlotte Hornets beat the Washington Wizards 124-117, with Gordon Hayward scoring 27 points and LaMelo Ball adding 25 points. Mark Williams contributed 21 points and a career-high 24 rebounds for the Hornets.