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Nets crushed by red-hot Sixers

Spencer Dinwiddie led the Nets with 16 points while Jahlil Okafor added 15 and Joe Harris had 13.

With the win, the Sixers moved into a tie with the idle Cavaliers for the number three seed in the east.

Before Thursday's first half came to a close, the Sixers' margin swelled as large as 19 points, and the lead was 65-49 at the break. Philadelphia began Tuesday in the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, a half-game ahead of fifth-place in and a half-game behind third-place Cleveland.

Guard JJ Redick top-scored with 19 points for the Sixers, while Simmons shared rare court time with fellow No.1 draft pick Markelle Fultz, who chipped in 10 points, with All Star centre Joel Embiid absent through injury.

Even with mostly bench players, the Sixers maintained a large lead through the fourth quarter.

Before losing to the Sixers, the Pistons had won five straight games including seven of their last eight. Kevin Love didn't play in the last game against the Sixers. He was 10-of-13 from the field, 5-of-7 from downtown and finished with 25 points and six assists. En route to registering 9 points by intermission, Holmes scored all four of his field goals on dunks.

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It's also their 25th game this season with at least 30 assists. At the defensive end, where they have been good all season, they are allowing just 96.2 points per 100 possessions, the best in the National Basketball Association during this time.

Erving, who celebrated his 68th birthday on February 22, was selected to the All-NBA first team five times and was the recipient of the 1983 J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award for outstanding service and dedication to the community.

Davis struggled in the previous two games after twisting an ankle in a loss to Portland on March 27.

One 3-pointer at a time.

Now that they're healthy, the Cavaliers can cover - and pull off the win - by beating the 76ers at their own game of run-outs leading to easy baskets. If a tiebreaker scenario were to occur, the Pacers hold the tiebreaker over both of these teams. "We definitely want to treat it as a playoff game". He returned to the team's lineup briefly but has not played since complaining of soreness in his injured thigh after the Spurs' home win over Denver on January 13. The teams have stayed under the total in each of their last four meetings in Detroit and in five of their last six meetings overall.

Playing with a rest advantage, Stan Van Gundy's Pistons failed to stop the 76ers from executing.

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