AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Before Monday’s game against the Detroit Pistons, Sixers head coach Doug Collins talked about how his team was able to avoid a 50-loss season with Sunday’s victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
These are the small silver linings that Collins has been reduced to in a season that started full of promise.
However, Collins and the Sixers found themselves back on the losing side of things Monday with a 109-101 defeat to the Pistsons.
The Sixers’ record dropped to 33-48 with the loss.
The Sixers allowed the Pistons to score 30 points in the first quarter on 69 percent shooting. They later gave up 33 points in the third quarter with the Pistons shooting 48 percent.
The Pistons used those boosts to grab an eight-point lead heading into the fourth quarter and cruise down the stretch of the game.
Follow the leader
The Pistons had five players in double figures, led by Greg Monroe’s 27 points. Kyle Singler scored 16 points, while Will Bynum came off the bench to score 22 points.
For the Sixers, Dorell Wright had a team-high 22 points. Jrue Holiday added 14 points. Evan Turner had 13 points, five assists and no turnovers.
The Sixers average just 13 fastbreak points per game this season. Over their previous three games, that number had jumped to 18 per game.
However, the Sixers managed just seven points on the break in Monday’s loss.
Take a bow
Monroe was selected in the same draft with Turner in 2010. Turner was the No. 2 overall pick in that draft class, while Monroe was taken seventh by Detroit.
Monroe scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 16 rebounds against the Sixers. The 22-year-old center shot 10 of 13 from the floor on the way to picking up his 36th double-double of the season.
The Sixers wrap up their season in Indianapolis with Wednesday’s game against the Pacers.
The Pacers are currently the third seed in the East with a record of 49-31.
Indiana was scheduled to play at Boston on Tuesday night, but that game was canceled due to the Boston Marathon bombings. The contest had no implications on the playoff standings and will not be rescheduled.