Detroit jumped ahead towards the end of the 1st quarter, led by Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond who hit a combined 9 for 9 from the field in the period. The Sixers trailed 32-22 after the opening quarter but would cut it to 8 by halftime. Elliot Williams provided 15 points off the bench, as he was forced to be a larger part of the rotation with MCW out.
Any hopes of a Philadelphia was squashed early in the 3rd as the Pistons put together a 16-2 run. The Sixers fell into a 23 point hole at the end of the quarter. The 76ers outscored Detroit 26-20 in the final quarter but the game had already been decided. Philly lost 113-96.
Tony Wroten led the 76ers with 18 points and also contributed 5 assists, but turned the ball over 6 times. The Sixers committed 19 team turnovers and only recorded 17 team assists. Thad Young swiped 5 steals to go with his 14 points and 4 rebounds. ET scored 15 points and grabbed 4 rebounds and added 4 assists. Hawes struggled against Detroit's big men, scoring only 4 points, but secured 8 boards. The 76ers were beat on the boards. The Pistons out-rebounded Philly 58-44, and added a whopping 23 offensive boards for second-chance points.
Drummond scored 22 points, collected 14 rebounds, and blocked 5 shots for the Pistons. Monroe added 21 points, 12 boards, and 4 steals. Brandon Jennings and Kyle Singler each contributed 20 points while Singler also recorded 10 rebounds off the bench.
The Sixers will play the Nets (20-25) in Brooklyn on Monday night.
By: Matt Ryan