After their last encounter, all eyes were on the rematch between Joel Embiid and Andre Drummond as the Detroit Pistons visited the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday night.
The duo had exchanged words of trash talk before, during and after their previous encounters this season and it added a level of intrigue to this latest meeting.
Unfortunately, however, it failed to live up to its billing as it didn't prove to be a contest at all as Embiid and the Sixers came out on top with ease.
Philly secured a blow out 114-78 win over Detroit and were in control throughout the game.
Embiid finished with a game-high 23 points and nine rebounds while his counterpart Drummond posted just 10 points and eight rebounds.
Unsurprisingly, Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy was angered by his team's performance and didn't hold back about what he thought about their display after the game.
"That was total domination from start to finish," Van Gundy told reporters after the game. "We didn't have a good two-minute stretch in the game. What disappoints me most? Just put a list out there. We got absolutely destroyed."
The 76ers were especially dominant on the boards as they outrebounded Detroit 55-34 on the night which included 12 on the offensive glass.
"There was no defensive resistance and we didn't rebound at all," Van Gundy continued. "We can't rebound (against the Sixers). We haven't been able to keep them off the glass. They just destroy us on the glass."
Drummond is the league's leading rebounder with 15.1 a night but he was held to just eight as he struggled to assert himself having just returned from injury.
The All-Star center had missed the previous game with rib problems and was playing through pain.
For the Sixers, however, it was finally a night when everything came together and they showed just how good they can be.
After blowing many leads already this season, even they couldn't let this one slip as they built up a huge advantage early on.
Rookie Ben Simmons enhanced his growing reputation with another strong all-around game as he put up 19 points and nine assists to help Philly notch a fifth straight win to move back to .500 at 19-19.
It was the perfect preparation for their upcoming trip to London this week as they take on the Boston Celtics at the O2 Arena on Thursday.
They will now be afforded five days' rest before their encounter with the Celtics and the extra rest will allow Simmons and Embiid, in particular, to remain healthy to put on a show for the fans across the pond.News Now - Sport News