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Josh Richardson exits Kings-76ers with hamstring tightness

Philadelphia’s vaunted starting five had played together in less than half of Philadelphia’s games due to injuries entering Wednesday night. Josh Richardson’s hamstring prevented their reunion from enduring more than a few moments.

The veteran swingman was forced to leave after playing just 17 minutes against Sacramento due to a strained hamstring. Richardson, acquired as part of a deal that sent Jimmy Butler to Miami last offseason, finished with nine points and three assists.

Richardson is averaging 16.6 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the 76ers, who find themselves in an early and heated race at the top of the Eastern Conference with Milwaukee, Miami, Boston, Toronto and Indiana.