Auburn Hills, MI – Andre Drummond scored a game-high 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons defeated the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday at the Palace of Auburn Hills, 113-96.
Greg Monroe scored 21 points for Detroit and added 12 rebounds, and Kyle Singler had 20 points and 10 rebounds. Brandon Jennings also had 20 points, and the Pistons led by as much as 28 points in the fourth quarter.
“I think we’re still attacking, instead of trying to keep the lead and playing conservatively,” Pistons’ reserve guard Will Bynum said. “I think we were attacking in the fourth quarter until we pretty much got the win.”
Tony Wroten led the Sixers with 18 points and five assists. Elliot Williams and Evan Turner added 15 points each and Thaddeus Young had five steals to go with 14 points.
Philadelphia was without star rookie Michael Carter-Williams, who leads the Sixers with season averages of 17.3 points and 6.6 assists. Carter-Williams has sat out 12 games this season due to injury, this time with a sore right shoulder.
“We decided to give him some time off and he needed it,” Sixers coach Brett Brown said.
Saturday was the first time the Pistons had three players with at least 20 points and 10 rebounds (Drummond, Monroe and Singler) since Dec. 3, 1997.
Detroit (19-27), riding a two-game winning streak, travels to Miami on Monday and Orlando on Wednesday. Philadelphia (15-34) plays at Brooklyn on Monday and returns home against Boston on Wednesday.