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Jimmy Butler and Ben Simmons take over as the 76ers complete huge comeback against Pistons

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Jimmy Butler was back at it again with the fourth-quarter heroics, leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 117-111 comeback win over the Detroit Pistons.

Butler exploded for 38 points on the night, scoring 13 in the fourth quarter, adding six rebounds, six assists, three steals and one monster block on Blake Griffin.

He got plenty of help from Ben Simmons, who recorded 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, with the Aussie starting the game with a bang, scoring eight points in the first quarter, throwing down dunk after dunk.

Philly trailed 68-56 at the half, with the Pistons extending the lead to as many as 15 points in the third quarter, before Butler and company came to life.

He and Simmons turned up the heat on defence, forcing turnovers and getting out in transition, making the Pistons pay for their errors as they turned 16 turnovers into 30 points.

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Philadelphia turned the game on its head with a 22-5 run to take the lead, before Detroit wrestled back control in the fourth to go up six. In the blink of an eye, the 76ers found another gear, going on a 16-2 run to snatch the W and complete the comeback.

JJ Redick and Mike Muscala added 18 points each for the 76ers while Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin led the way for Detroit. Griffin recorded 31 points, 12 rebounds and six assists, while Drummond added 21 points and 10 rebounds.

Joel Embiid was rested for the game, with the big man set to return on Monday when the two teams face off again at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

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