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PHILADELPHIA — The laugh was ultimately on the fans.

After a day of social media buildup, the hinted fireworks never materialized Saturday night – only entertaining basketball.

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid got the better of the night by winning the only stat that matters in the 108-103 victory at the Wells Fargo Center.

Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond made Embiid work for his 25 points; he was 7-for-21 from the field and had six turnovers.

But Drummond fouled out with 2:35 remaining – guarding Embiid – after scoring 14 points to go with 11 rebounds, six assists and five steals.

Embiid waved good-bye, but both big men acknowledged each other’s efforts at the final horn.

After a day of buildup worthy of any hype man, the two centers were noticeably joking with each other during the game between two of the surprising teams in the Eastern Conference.

“When was the last time you saw two real big men go at it?” Drummond said. “It was a great matchup and I look forward to playing him again. 

“He’s a hell of a player and I have nothing negative to say about him. I can’t say the thing for him – I don’t know what he’s going to say.”

After criticizing Drummond’s defensive abilities following the 76ers’ victory over the Pistons in October at Little Caesars Arena and a slight dig at Drummond being a non-shooter earlier Saturday, Embiid acknowledged his hype abilities.

"But it's all fun,” Embiid said. “At the end of the game, we hugged it out. ... We are just having fun out there. I love having fun on social media. He does, too. So we are just young kids having fun out there."

The Pistons (14-8) were down 18 early in the second half, but were able to battle back and tood an 89-86 lead with 7:30 remaining.

But Pistons yielded 17 offensive rebounds, which led to 17 points for the 76ers (13-9).

Embiid’s offensive rebound led to a Dario Saric 3-pointer with 2:01 remaining, giving the 76ers a 103-95 lead and the Pistons were well on their way to the second straight loss on the four-game trip with two games left at San Antonio and Milwaukee.

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