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76ers rest starters in 4th quarter after thumping Grizzlies

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers are closing in on their first playoff berth since 2012, but they're not satisfied with merely making the postseason. So there was no chance they would take lowly Memphis lightly.

Robert Covington, J.J. Redick and Dario Saric each had 15 points to pace all five Philadelphia starters in double-figures, and the 76ers continued their push for home-court advantage in the playoffs with a 119-105 victory over the Grizzlies on Wednesday night.

''We are on the war path to get home-court advantage,'' coach Brett Brown said.

Joel Embiid added 14 points and Ben Simmons had 13 points, nine assists and seven rebounds for the 76ers (40-30), who won their fourth straight to improve to a season-best 10 games over .500. None of the starters played in the fourth quarter.

''We're moving up,'' Embiid said. ''Our goal is home-court advantage.''

Philadelphia began Wednesday sixth in the Eastern Conference, just a game back of the Pacers for the fourth spot and accompanying home-court advantage for a first-round series.

''That's what we're playing for,'' Simmons said. ''We have to stick with it.''

Philadelphia controlled play in the first half and headed to the locker room up 58-44, led by Embiid's 14 points. Philadelphia completely pulled away with a dominant third quarter, outscoring the Grizzlies 41-25 to take a 99-69 lead into the fourth.

Philadelphia shot 64 percent (16 for 25) from the field in the period, including 6 for 10 from 3-point range.

''It was a great sight to see,'' Embiid said.

The starters didn't play another minute, saving energy for the second game of the back-to-back on Thursday night at Orlando. The move did prevent Simmons from reaching his fourth triple-double in the last five games.

Wayne Selden Jr. had 18 points to lead Memphis (19-52), which has lost 21 of its last 22 games.

''We gave in a bit, probably the first time in a long time I can remember that happening,'' Memphis interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. ''Frustration took over. (The 76ers) are playing with a high purpose right now. They put their thumb down when they had to.''

NO EASY OUT

Brown said that Philadelphia isn't going to be an easy out, or a team that opponents will relish facing, in the playoffs.

''We have accumulated some firepower,'' he said. ''If we can keep moving forward, I wouldn't want to play us. We can be dangerous.''

HOT DIGGETY

The 76ers gave two free hot dogs at halftime to every fan in attendance as thanks for braving the nor'easter that blanketed the Philadelphia region with snow. The team announced a crowd of 10,411.

LONG ROAD

The Grizzlies dropped their 16th in a row on the road and have yet to win away from Memphis in 2018. Their last road win came Dec. 31, 2017, 114-96 at Sacramento.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Marc Gasol will sit out Thursday's game at Charlotte, Bickerstaff said prior to the game. He had five points and six rebounds. ... Tyreke Evans didn't play against the 76ers but will be in the lineup Thursday. ... The Grizzlies beat Philadelphia 105-101 on Jan. 22 in Memphis.

76ers: Brown said he planned to play Embiid on Thursday at Orlando in the second game of the back-to-back. Brown plans to rest Embiid at some point in the final 12 games, though he expects the 7-footer to resist. ''I bet it comes with a fight,'' Brown said of his decision to sit Embiid.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: At Charlotte on Thursday night.

76ers: At Orlando Thursday night.

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Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
J. Embiid
21 C
31.3 Min. Per Game 31.3
23.6 Pts. Per Game 23.6
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
11.2 Reb. Per Game 11.2
41.4 Field Goal % 48.3
41.5 Three Point % 48.3
83.4 Free Throw % 76.7
+ 3 Wayne Selden Jr. made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brice Johnson 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Deyonta Davis 0:09
  Justin Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
+ 2 Brice Johnson made layup, assist by Deyonta Davis 0:38
  Defensive rebound by Deyonta Davis 0:55
  Justin Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:58
+ 2 Wayne Selden Jr. made driving layup, assist by Mario Chalmers 1:12
  Defensive rebound by Mario Chalmers 1:21
  Justin Anderson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:24
  Offensive rebound by Richaun Holmes 1:26
  James Young missed jump shot 1:30
Team Stats
Points 105 119
Field Goals 40-99 (40.4%) 46-84 (54.8%)
3-Pointers 9-27 (33.3%) 11-31 (35.5%)
Free Throws 16-20 (80.0%) 16-20 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 61 44
Offensive 15 4
Defensive 32 34
Team 14 6
Assists 25 32
Steals 6 8
Blocks 2 4
Turnovers 13 14
Fouls 21 21
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 11 REB, 2 AST
13 PTS, 7 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Grizzlies 19-52 19252536105
home team logo 76ers 40-30 26324120119
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 19-52 PPG RPG APG
home team logo 76ers 40-30 108.8 PPG 49.5 RPG 25.8 APG
Key Players
W. Selden Jr. SG 9.3 PPG 1.6 RPG 1.9 APG 43.1 FG%
D. Saric PF 14.6 PPG 6.7 RPG 2.6 APG 45.3 FG%
Top Scorers
W. Selden Jr. SG 18 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
D. Saric PF 15 PTS 3 REB 2 AST
40.4 FG% 54.8
33.3 3PT FG% 35.5
80.0 FT% 80.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Green 27 14 7 2 0 0 1 2 5/10 1/3 3/4 1 6 24 -24
D. Brooks 21 14 0 1 1 0 4 1 6/9 1/3 1/2 0 0 13 -14
J. Martin 24 8 5 1 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/2 6/8 1 4 15 -33
M. Gasol 24 5 6 4 0 1 0 3 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 6 20 -28
A. Harrison 16 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 5 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Green 27 14 7 2 0 0 1 2 5/10 1/3 3/4 1 6 24 -24
D. Brooks 21 14 0 1 1 0 4 1 6/9 1/3 1/2 0 0 13 -14
J. Martin 24 8 5 1 0 0 0 1 1/7 0/2 6/8 1 4 15 -33
M. Gasol 24 5 6 4 0 1 0 3 2/8 1/3 0/0 0 6 20 -28
A. Harrison 16 2 1 1 0 0 0 2 1/4 0/1 0/0 1 0 5 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
W. Selden Jr. 21 18 2 4 0 0 0 1 5/12 3/6 5/5 1 1 28 +11
D. Davis 20 16 11 2 0 0 0 4 8/14 0/0 0/0 5 6 31 +13
M. Chalmers 20 10 4 5 1 0 3 2 4/8 2/4 0/0 0 4 22 +16
B. Johnson 10 9 4 1 0 1 0 0 4/6 0/0 1/1 2 2 16 +20
B. McLemore 12 5 4 0 1 0 1 2 2/10 1/4 0/0 3 1 9 +1
C. Parsons 16 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 2 4 -24
B. Weber 22 2 1 4 3 0 4 2 1/5 0/0 0/0 1 0 10 +2
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Henry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 105 47 25 6 2 13 21 40/99 9/27 16/20 15 32 197 -70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 17 15 3 1 0 0 2 1 5/9 3/6 2/2 0 3 18 +16
R. Covington 22 15 2 1 1 0 0 3 6/9 3/4 0/0 0 2 20 +20
D. Saric 23 15 3 2 1 1 1 3 5/9 3/6 2/3 0 3 23 +24
J. Embiid 19 14 7 4 1 1 1 2 4/10 0/2 6/6 1 6 30 +19
B. Simmons 24 13 7 9 2 0 3 1 6/9 0/0 1/1 1 6 37 +28
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Redick 17 15 3 1 0 0 2 1 5/9 3/6 2/2 0 3 18 +16
R. Covington 22 15 2 1 1 0 0 3 6/9 3/4 0/0 0 2 20 +20
D. Saric 23 15 3 2 1 1 1 3 5/9 3/6 2/3 0 3 23 +24
J. Embiid 19 14 7 4 1 1 1 2 4/10 0/2 6/6 1 6 30 +19
B. Simmons 24 13 7 9 2 0 3 1 6/9 0/0 1/1 1 6 37 +28
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Belinelli 32 15 0 2 0 1 1 3 6/10 2/6 1/1 0 0 19 +6
R. Holmes 15 8 5 2 0 0 2 0 3/4 0/1 2/5 1 4 15 -20
J. Anderson 23 6 2 1 0 0 1 5 2/8 0/5 2/2 0 2 9 -14
E. Ilyasova 20 6 5 0 1 0 0 1 3/7 0/1 0/0 1 4 12 +12
D. Jackson 7 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 0 0 6 -17
T. McConnell 15 4 3 7 0 0 1 1 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 3 20 +3
J. Young 9 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -17
A. Johnson 9 2 1 2 1 1 0 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 9 +10
J. Bayless - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
F. Korkmaz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Fultz - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 119 38 32 8 4 14 21 46/84 11/31 16/20 4 34 219 +70