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Pistons 133, Sixers 132 (OT): No answer for Blake Griffin in a heartbreaking loss



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Wow.

After JJ Redick hit a rainbow, and a third, who gives the Sixers a lead of 5.6 seconds over in extra time, Blake Griffin has gotten his own bucket in his hands edge to give them a 133-132 loss to give. Joel Embiid missed the possible start clearance at the buzzer.

Griffin scored 50 points for the career when the Sixers' modest two-game winning streak was stopped and they were without victory from the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers are now 2-2 on the season.

What happened in the Joel Embiid-Andre Drummond clash? How did Markelle Fultz see this point?

We did everything right here in our observations.

• The Sixers had to stop a guy all night and could not do it.

Griffin left Bonkers directly from the opening top. He scored 28 points in the first half and did not cool off after the break.

He shot 20 of 35 for these 50 points and added 1

4 rebounds to go with six assists.

At some point you have to slow down in the one-man show. Not this time.

• While Griffin spent the game making himself a personal highlight, the frontcourt fight to see was always Embiid-Drummond.

The two have previously voiced words, but reportedly crushed their beef. 19659002] "It's never hard feelings," Drummond said last season. "When did you last see two really great men? It was just a great matchup, I'm looking forward to playing it again, obviously a hell of a player, I have nothing negative to say about him."

Well, Drummond might change his mind after Tuesday night. Embiid dominated the matchup again with 33 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists and three blocks in loss. He was not shy about letting Drummond know that he had the upper hand, especially when he had Drummond thrown out in the fourth quarter.

But Drummond, who had 14 points and 16 boards, laughed with his first victory Embiid.

• Fultz made his first NBA start at the point watch, with Ben Simmons having to pause for back tension.

It was clear very early on that Fultz simply feels better at one point. The 20-year-old was able to hold the ball in his hands and control the Sixers' offensive instead of just walking around the edge waiting for the action.

Fultz was able to choose his seats as he shot through the alley to shoot at the basket, he pulled up from the middle class and even spattered a threesome.

He tied a career high 13 points to 6 of 9 shooting to go with six boards.

It's actually a bit bittersweet from a performance because Fultz was sitting on the bench and when Simmons is back in lineup, the sophomore will start looking for his role again.

Obviously, Simmons is a generation talent and must have the ball to action. But the Sixers must find a way to run Fultz at the point as well, without detracting from the rhythm of the team.

• With Simmons already eliminated, Embiid was less than ideal for the Sixers in less than three minutes after the game ended.

The team's bench, however, was able to lift the slack. Brett Brown provided for the first quarter of a lineup of mostly reserve players. He used four bank boys with Robert Covington and then went with a whole second unit group of T.J. McConnell, JJ Redick, Landry Shamet, Mike Muscala and Amir Johnson.

These guys outnumber their own as they actually outperformed the starters 15-13 and helped the Sixers win their first opening of the season, 28-27.

• Covington's night will be remembered for the critical foul on Griffin, 1.8 seconds behind in OT, but that should not wash away a solid performance.

Covington's offensive play, which is always aggressive on the defensive, suited the match.

No, all shots did not go in. Nevertheless, he came to the attack when the Swingman went into the basket more often than I have experienced during a recent game.

He finished with 16 points (3 of 4 on three hands), eight rebounds and two assists

This is the version of Covington that the Sixers have to see every night.

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