AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The NBA’s most generous scoring defense hamstrung the Sixers once again Saturday night.
The Sixers allowed a 42nd opponent to crack the century mark this season and the host Detroit Pistons secured a 113-96 victory. The Sixers are 7-15 when they allow 100 or more points after starting the night giving up a league-worst 109.9 points per game. The Pistons blew the game open with a 16-2 run midway through the third quarter.
The Sixers lost for the second time in as many days and fell to 15-33. Detroit has won the first three games in the season series, which ends March 29 at the Wells Fargo Center.
It was over when ...
... the Pistons pushed their lead past the 20-point plateau midway through the third quarter. The Sixers were game in the first half despite a 33-21 deficit on the boards, and trailed only 57-49 at intermission, but Detroit was up 93-69 at the end of the third, thanks in part to the six three-pointers they made during the period. The defeat came a day after a 26-point loss to visiting Atlanta that ended with coach Brett Brown criticizing the team’s defensive effort.
Rookie swingman Michael Carter-Williams was scratched from the lineup about 45 minutes before the game due to soreness in his right shoulder and missed his 12th game of the season.
The Sixers are 1-11 when he does not dress.
Tony Wroten, who took Carter-Williams’ spot in the starting lineup, led the Sixers with 18 points. Evan Turner and Elliot Williams each finished with 15.
Big men Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond helped Detroit outrebound the Sixers 58-44. The Pistons had an 18-7 advantage on the boards after the first quarter, which ended with the hosts up 32-22.
The Pistons also had a wide margin in second-chance points, 32-12.
Drummond and Monroe each ended the night with a second straight double-double and were a combined 18 for 21 from the floor. Drummond had 22 points and 14 rebounds and Monroe added 21 and 12. Brandon Jennings and Kyle Singler each had 20 points.
The Pistons had three days off before Saturday night’s game thanks to Mother Nature. Detroit was scheduled to fly to Atlanta late Tuesday, but a severe winter storm effectively closed the airport there. The team had the same luck trying to get to Atlanta the following morning, and the game, scheduled for Wednesday evening, was postponed.
Detroit won’t have any such worries for its next road game. The club leaves for Miami late Saturday and takes on the defending NBA champion Heat on Monday.
Turner and Jennings were assessed technical fouls late in the first half after Jennings threw the ball at the Sixers' guard. Turner had flipped the ball at Detroit’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope after the guard fouled him and Jennings retaliated for what he seemed to feel was an intentional throw at his teammate.
There was a brief dustup on the floor, but officials quickly separated the two teams.
The Sixers take tomorrow off before playing the second half of the road trip at Brooklyn on Monday. Philadelphia split a pair of home dates with the Nets in mid-December. Tip-off is 7:30 p.m. on CSN.
Brown said the team will get together Sunday evening to enjoy dinner and watch Super Bowl XLVIII.