Michael Carter-Williams led the way after missing the last game against New Orleans as the Sixers won 89-69. It marked the 4th home win for Philly this season.
The 76ers would not let Detroit make a run of their own, holding their cold-shooting opponents scoreless over 2 separate 3 minute spans in the 3rd. With 8:18 left in the contest, the Pistons managed to cut Philly's lead to 9, but a 9-3 run from the Sixers would keep their hold on the game firm. Unlike in many other games this season, the Sixers were able to finish out strong and push their lead to 20 before the final buzzer.
Detroit shot a depressing and very Sixer-like 31% from the floor and could not make anything happen from long range despite attempting 20 shots, only hitting 2.
Philadelphia shot 47% from the floor and assisted on 27 of their 37 made field goals while also commanding the rebound column (48-38). What kept it relatively close despite the Piston's horrific offense was the Sixers' careless 19 turnovers (5 from MCW).
Michael Carter-Williams had a near triple-double in return from his brief absence, posting 14 points (50% FG), 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. RoCo led the way for Philly with 19 points off 4 made triples. JaKarr Sampson, who was re-inserted into the starting lineup, notched 13 points on only 6 shots and grabbed 8 rebounds.
Mbah a Moute did a little bit of everything, scoring 12 points and adding 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Noel was a force on the defensive end recording 4 steals and 2 blocks and also showed some passing skills while dishing out 5 assists on his way to his own 5 points. Both McDaniels and Sims added 10 points off the bench.
Monroe led the Pistons with 20 points and 11 boards. The remaining 4 starters only contributed a combined 12 points. Former Sixer, Jodie Meeks, added 19 points in reserve.
The Sixers will continue their homestand and host the Timberwolves on Friday.
By: Matt Ryan