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Monday, December 10th
(All times Eastern)
Detroit Pistons (7-15) at Philadelphia 76ers (11-9), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons ended a franchise-worst 0-8 start to
the season with a road win against the Philadelphia 76ers last month.
The Pistons will look to make it back-to-back victories in south Philly when
they invade Wells Fargo Center Monday night.
Detroit hammered Philadelphia 94-76 on Nov. 14 behind Greg Monroe's 19 points
and 18 rebounds. Kyle Singler scored a career-high 16 points in his first NBA
start for the Pistons, who have won two in a row against the Sixers.
The Pistons ended a two-game slide their last time out in a 104-97 win at
Cleveland as Brandon Knight scored 23 of his career-high 30 points in the
second half. Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and Rodney Stuckey and Jason
Maxiell added 10 points apiece for the Pistons, who won for the second time in
the last six tries.
"Brandon (Knight) kind of carried us on the offensive end in certain parts of
the game, which was huge for us," Prince said.
Detroit ended a four-game losing streak on the road and is only 2-10 in games
played outside The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Since winning three straight and six of eight games, the 76ers have lost three
of four games, including Saturday's 92-79 defeat at the hands of the Boston
Celtics in the back end of a home-and-home set.
Thaddeus Young scored a game-high 22 points and Evan Turner added 13 points
for Philadelphia, which got 11 points and eight assists from Jrue Holiday and
was coming off Friday's 95-94 overtime triumph.
"You know when you're a little tired and you don't make shots it's morally
deflating," Sixers coach Doug Collins said.
The Sixers scored only 28 points in the first half and made 39.2 percent of
their shots. They struggled from 3-point range, hitting just 4-of-17 attempts.
Sixers young center Lavoy Allen has started the past eight games and is
averaging 7.9 ppg in that stretch. Turner has scored in double-digits in each
of the past 12 games.
Philadelphia is averaging 87.5 ppg over the last four games after scoring 100
or more points four games prior. The 76ers, who have been outshot in each of
the past four games, are 5-1 this season when scoring 100-plus points.
Sixers swingman Nick Young has missed the last four games with a hyperextended
left big toe and is a game-time decision Monday. He is averaging 9.6 ppg for a
Philly team that will also entertain Chicago on a quick homestand.
12/10 10:41:36 ET