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DETROIT — For the 12th straight game, the Sixers walked away with a win.

And they nearly did it in double-digit fashion once again.

JJ Redick put up a team-high 25 points to help the Sixers capture their 12th straight win and eliminate the Detroit Pistons from playoff contention with a 115-108 victory at Little Caesars Arena on Wednesday.

On the cusp of matching NBA history, the Sixers (48-30) fell just shy of extending their franchise-best record of consecutive wins by at least 10 points to 10 games.

The Sixers entered the second half with a 16-point lead, highlighted by a combined 23 points from non-starters, and never looked back. 

• With the win, the Sixers matched their longest winning streak since compiling 12 straight wins from Jan. 13 to Feb. 5, 1990. They’ve won 15 of 18 games, dating back to March 1.

• For the second straight game, on the second night of a back-to-back, the Sixers relied on a balanced attack to ward off a red-hot Pistons (37-41) squad that entered Wednesday having won seven of its last eight. Six players finished with double digits, including Marco Belinelli (17), Robert Covington (12) and Richaun Holmes (11).

• The Sixers were once again without two of their best players — Joel Embiid and Dario Saric, both of whom are nursing injuries. But, once again, they weren’t needed. Rookie of the Year frontrunner Ben Simmons finished with 16 points and Ersan Ilyasova, who recorded his third double-double in his past four games, added 13.

 

• Redick, who entered Wednesday with a career-high-tying streak of five straight games with 19-plus points, scored the Sixers' first eight points of the game and 13 in the first quarter — matching the most he’s posted in any quarter this season. He finished 5 of 7 from behind the arc.

• The win moved the Sixers into a two-way tie for third place with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who own the tiebreaker, with four games to play. The Sixers return home Friday to host the Cavs, who are riding a four-game win streak after topping the Eastern Conference-leading Toronto Raptors on Tuesday.

• Saric, who has been sidelined with cellulitis — a bacterial infection — in his right elbow, missed his third straight game. Saric is listed as questionable to return Friday when the Sixers host the Cavaliers. “I don’t know. I can’t say that [he’ll be back Friday],” Sixers coach Brett Brown said. “We hope.”

• Pistons center Andre Drummond, who missed Wednesday’s shootaround because of an illness, recorded his 60th double-double this season, which ranks second overall in the NBA. Drummond avoided suspension earlier this week, but was fined $15,000 for a shoving match with Brooklyn Nets forward Quincy Acy that resulted in their ejections Sunday.

• Pistons forward Blake Griffin, who has missed the last week because of a bone bruise in his right ankle, was held out of Wednesday’s game. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said there’s no plan to shut down the five-time All-Star, who continues to work toward returning this week and playing in one of the last three games of the season.

• The win capped a four-game season sweep against the Pistons.