After hearing of Embiid's comments about owning "real estate in his head", Drummond took to Twitter and posted the following message: "Lol does he?" Milwaukee outscored Philly 49-30 in the quarter and from that point on, the Sixers looked spent. The Bucks last season had a record of 44-38 as they barely secured the 7th seed in the Eastern Conference.
"You have to pick your poison and figure out what you can live with", 76ers coach Brett Brown said. The Duke legend is averaging 21.8 points per game and making it further hard to justify playing the erratic and inconsistent Markelle Fultz. The Sixers will be wise to try to milk more from power forward Dario Saric, who nearly seems like a forgotten star in the mix with Simmons and Embiid. F Khris Middleton is averaging 24.3 points and 6.0 rebounds.
Griffin had a career night with 50 points, the most in his career and became the sixth player to do so in Detroit history, the last being Rip Hamilton when he scored 51 points in 2006.
Jackson had 23 points and Ish Smith scored 21 for the Pistons. Though he had six points in that time frame, his offensive and defensive presence were lacking as the team allowed Milwaukee to not only claw back into the game but jump out to a significant halftime lead. The 76ers pulled within eight late, but a pair of free throws by Antetokounmpo and a driving, one-handed scoop layup by Eric Bledsoe quickly pushed the lead to 12. Embiid acted as if Drummond had hit him in the face, and fell to the ground.
With Simmons out, Brown chose to go with T.J. McConnell at the point to finish Saturday's game instead of Markelle Fultz.
He knocked down a long two-pointer for the game's first points and later making his second career 3-pointer.