The Philadelphia 76ers would look to avoid a 0-4 start to the season as they took on the 2-1 Detriot Pistons at the Little Caesars Arena. During the first quarter of the game, the 76ers shot forty-one percent from the field while limiting the Pistons to thirty-eight percent. Ben Simmons would heat up for ten points as he shot sixty-seven percent from the field. He also collected three rebounds and two assists to go along with it. Joel Embiid ended up shooting seventy-five percent from the field as he dropped nine points which would include one three-pointer. Robert Covington played for ten minutes as he was limited to only one three-pointer while Amir Johnson would come off the bench to knock down a three-pointer and pull down five rebounds.
As for the home team, Andre Drummond would score seven points as he shot seventy-five percent from the field. He also went up to grab three offensive rebounds and five defensive rebounds to add to his stat sheet. Former Milwaukee Bucks’ forward Tobias Harris would only shoot twenty-nine percent from the field as he dropped five points, earning three of them from beyond the arc. Avery Bradley also connected for one three-pointer as the 76ers ended the first quarter with a 31 to 22 lead.
The 76ers shot fifty percent from the field in the second quarter as the Michigan team would shoot forty-three percent from the field. Dario Saric came off the 76ers’ bench to put up seven points, hitting a three-pointer in the process of doing so. Embiid would shoot seventy-five percent from the field as he chalked up six points, along with three defensive rebounds. Jerryd Bayless ended up connecting for two three-pointers as Simmons would record three more points, along with three defensive rebounds.
On the other end of the court, Reggie Jackson would come alive as he chalked up seven points and four defensive rebounds while shooting fifty percent. Langston Galloway came off of the bench to knock down two three-pointers to give himself six points. Ish Smith would also come off of the bench but he would drop four points as the Philadelphia 76ers went into halftime with a 56-43 advantage.
The Detriot Pistons would respond with a 24 to 19 run in the third period as they shot thirty-seven percent from the field. Drummond ended up scoring seven more points as he pulled down one offensive rebound and two defensive rebounds in the eleven minutes he played. New-guard Avery Bradley would shoot fifty percent from the field but only recorded four points as Harris recorded two points and two defensive rebounds.
The 76ers ended up shooting forty-one percent from the field as a team while Joel Embiid shot a perfect one-hundred percent. Embiid chalked up eight points in the third quarter while Ben Simmons recorded six points, five rebounds, and three assists. Covington would play for eight minutes as he knocked down a three-pointer and one free-throw. He also managed to pull down two offensive rebounds as the visiting team closed the third quarter with a 75 to 67 lead.
The Philadelphia team would finish things off in the last quarter as they shot fifty-four percent from the field, limiting the Pistons to thirty-five percent. Joel Embiid continued to impress as he chalked up seven more additional points, along with three defensive rebounds. J.J. Redick would only be limited to two points in the eleven minutes that he played while T.J. McConnell came off the 76ers’ bench to drill a three-pointer. Simmons recorded two more points, as well as one more rebound and two more assists.
On the other end of the court, Missouri-native Anthony Tolliver would come off of the bench to drop five points, earning three of them from behind the arc. Bradley ended up shooting fifty percent from the field but was limited to only four points while Andre Drummond collected two more rebounds but it was the Philadelphia 76ers who escaped with a 97 to 86 win over the Detriot Pistons, giving them their first win of the season. Joel Embiid finished with thirty points and nine rebounds while Ben Simmons ended his first triple-double of his career. Simmons scored twenty-one points, pulled down twelve rebounds and dished off ten assists. Reggie Jackson ended up with sixteen points, six rebounds, and seven assists.