Philadelphia 76ers rout Detroit Pistons 124-106 in one of last NBA games before league suspends play
By DAN GELSTON
AP Sports Writer
PHILADELPHIA — Joel Embiid swished a 3 from the top of the arc and stretched his arms toward a wildly cheering crowd.
The roar of the fans in another 76ers’ victory has been muted, and the NBA is on hold after it suspended its season “until further notice” after a Utah Jazz player tested positive Wednesday for the coronavirus.
“It’s important that the fans, players, coaching staff, our staff here at the Sixers remain healthy and we do everything we can,” 76ers general manager Elton Brand said. “But we believe in the leadership of the league.”
Embiid had 30 points and 14 rebounds in his return from a sprained left shoulder, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 124-106 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
The players had just hit the locker room when news of the suspended season broke.
Coach Brett Brown defended the decision to play the game — the 76ers announced a sellout crowd of 20,172 — in the wake of the virus that has spoiled sports around the globe.
Christian Wood led the Pistons with 32 points.