The Detroit Pistons needed a big day. Coming off depressing losses to the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers will do that to you. The young Philadelphia 76ers proved to be the remedy for Detroit’s woes.
The Pistons went up 13-2 after an Andre Drummond layup, a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope triple and dunk, and triples by Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith. Caldwell-Pope hit another triple for a 19-11 lead. Jennings then found Drummond for a lob on a fast break, he found Smith for a layup on the next possession, and Drummond tipped in a miss for a 29-18 lead.
A Rodney Stuckey triple, another Jennings to Drummond alley-oop, another Smith triple, and a Kyle Singler 3 helped give the Pistons a 40-25 lead after a quarter of play. The Pistons were 6/6 from deep in the first quarter. Detroit is last in the league in 3-point shooting, so it was very refreshing to see the 3-point shot falling.
In the second quarter, the Sixers cut the deficit to 47-37 on a Spencer Hawes triple before Mo Cheeks called for time. The Pistons responded with a 13-0 run.
Stuckey started it with an And-1, Jennings had back-to-back jumpers, a Drummond steal set up a Greg Monroe layup, and Jennings found Stuckey for a layup for a 60-37 Pistons lead. Drummond tipped in a Monroe miss to give himself a first half double-double. Jennings knocked down a 3 to also earn a first half double-double. Smith knocked down a 3 of his own it give the Pistons a 70-46 halftime lead.
The second half was all about Drummond. The smaller 76ers really didn’t have an answer for him. He was finishing through contact, flying for dunks, stealing inbounds passes, and gobbling up every rebound that came his way. The Sixers could only stop him, by intentionally fouling him. Philadelphia went with the Hack-A-Dre in the third quarter and worked their way back into the game.
Evan Turner hit a 3 to bring the Sixers to within 92-82 before Stuckey had a fall away layup to put Detroit up 12 after three quarters of play. The intentionally fouling three Detroit’s offense out of whack.
In the fourth, Drummond had a layup, he completed an And-1, and he had another layup for a 105-85 lead. During the run, Monroe got hit with a technical foul, his 2nd after picking one up in the third and the Pistons would have to finish this now up without him.
Drummond’s 6th steal of the day set up Jennings for a jumper. He missed, but Jennings chased down the rebound and found Smith for 3 and a 110-97 lead with 6:58 to go. The Pistons cruised from there for a 115-100 victory.
Drummond had a career high 31 points, a career high 19 rebounds, and a career high six steals. Jennings had 20 and 12 assists, Smith had 20, and Stuckey had 17 off the bench.
The Pistons knocked down 10 triples and out-rebounded Philadelphia 57-41.
Drummond was one rebound away from joining the 30-20-6 club. Only Hakeem Olajuwon(twice) and Charles Barkley have ever done it. He was completely dominant as Philadelphia really had no answer. He powered through contact and even had a few post moves. The scary part is he’s only 20 years old.
To put this game into perspective, it was only Philadelphia. Let’s see them do this against a worthy opponent like the Miami Heat on Tuesday. Tuesday will kick off a 3-game road trip. Let’s see how they do on the road.