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           === Sixers seek success against Pistons at The Palace ===
 (  - The  surprising 3-0  start for  the Philadelphia  76ers
 seems  like  ancient history  and they  will try  to find  success on the road
 Sunday against the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
 The  Sixers  are 3-11 since  winning their first  three games and have dropped
 three  straight  and seven  of their previous  eight games, including Friday's
 121-105  setback  to Jrue  Holiday and  the New  Orleans Pelicans. Holiday was
 traded by the Sixers to New Orleans on draft night and posted 20 points and 13
 assists. Eric Gordon and Anthony Davis had 26 and 22 points, respectively.
 Tony  Wroten  led the 76ers  with a career-high 24  points off the bench, Evan
 Turner  added 22  points and  Thaddeus Young  chipped in  15 and  12 rebounds.
 Spencer Hawes returned to action because of a knee issue and had 12 points and
 nine  rebounds  for  the  Sixers,  who shot  45.7  percent  and  committed  19
 The  Sixers  did not come  closer than eight points  in the fourth quarter and
 trailed by as many as 18.
 "We're  not  even 20  games in yet,  so you  can't really get  too up and down
 emotionally.  You just have  to find a way to figure it out and keep working,"
 said Turner, who has scored 20-plus points in three of the past four games.
 Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had 10 points and 10 assists in the loss.
 Philadelphia  has  struggled on  defense this season  and has allowed 100-plus
 points  in 15 of  its 17 games. The Sixers are also playing poorly on the road
 and are 0-6 since defeating Washington in the road opener on Nov. 1. They were
 11-30  on  the road last  season and haven't posted  a winning road mark since
 going 23-18 in 2002-03.
 Meanwhile,  the Pistons  have dropped two in  a row and four of their last six
 games. They are coming off Friday's 106-102 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers, as
 Rodney  Stuckey  scored 22  points and  both Greg  Monroe and Brandon Jennings
 ended with 19 apiece. Andre Drummond had 13 and 11 rebounds for Detroit, which
 shot 44 percent from the field and had a 55-44 rebounding edge.
 The  Pistons, who started  the game with a 16-7 lead, had an 87-77 edge at the
 end  of  the third  quarter. However,  a 15-3 run  by the  Lakers in the final
 stanza was the difference.
 "At  some  point we've got  to make shots,"  Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks
 said of the struggles toward the end of the game.
 Josh Smith had eight points and recorded a season-high 19 rebounds in a losing
 effort.  He is eight  games shy of 700 in his career. Detroit scored a season-
 high 76 points in the paint and lead the NBA in that category (51.1).
 Detroit  took two  of three meetings with Philadelphia last season and is 11-5
 in the previous 16 matchups between the teams at The Palace.
 After the Pistons host the 76ers they will open a three-game road trip Tuesday
 against Miami, Milwaukee and Chicago.
 12/01 09:52:25 ET