AUBURN HILLS, Michigan– The Detroit Pistons matched up with the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night in the final home game at the Palace. Detroit was looking to tie a season high fourth straight win and win the season series with the Sixers.
Greg Monroe got the scoring started for Detroit with a layup off a Brandon Knight dish. Then Philadelphia ripped off seven straight points behind a Spencer Hawes And-1, a Thaddeus Young jumper, and an Evan Turner jump shot.
Knight found Rodney Stuckey, who again was starting for an injured Jose Calderon for a jump shot. Knight then found Andre Drummond for a slam and Monroe had an And-1. Knight again dished it off to Monroe for a slam and then Monroe found a cutting Kyle Singler for a dunk. The ball movement was a thing of beauty.
Philadelphia was up 19-18 before Detroit ripped off an 8-0 run. Stuckey started it with a triple, Jonas Jerebko had a layup, and Khris Middleton had an And-1. Middleton would knock down a 3 before the quarter would end and Detroit led 30-23 after one.
In the 2nd, Will Bynum had a pull up jumper to put Detroit up 11 before the Sixers creeped back into it. Dorrell Wright was a spark plug off the bench knocking down 3’s and All-Star Jrue Holiday was getting in the paint at will. The Sixers led 54-51 at the half.
Knight started to get his shot going in the 3rd. With Detroit down 62-57, he had a pull up jumper and had a 3 to tie the game at 62. Knight then had another jumper for a 66-64 lead for the Pistons. Monroe had a hook shot over Hawes and Drummond had a steal that led to a Singler jam. Jerebko had two free throws and the Pistons led by nine after three.
Monroe had a hook shot and an And-1 and Bynum had a pull up to put the Pistons up 91-78 and the lead never fell below seven. The lead fluctuated between 11 and nine. Jerebko found Drummond for a layup and then former Piston Damien Wilkins had a jumper. Stuckey had a 3 for a 103-90 lead.
Holiday made four consecutive free throws to get the 76ers within 103-96 with 1:39 left but Monroe found Bynum for the open 3 and that was the dagger. Singler would another 3 for the exclamation point. Pistons PA announced John Mason let out a loud, “Deeee-troit basketball” and the Pistons defeated the Sixers 109-101.
Monroe had 27 and 16 rebounds, Bynum had 22 off the bench, and Singler had 16 for the Pistons.
My bright spot is Detroit winning their fourth consecutive game. I’m always a believer in winning. I know there is no point in winning now, but at the same time there’s no point in “tanking”. Even if you do finish with the worst record in the league, you’re not guaranteed the number one pick due to the lottery. Yes you’ll have a better shot at getting it but that doesn’t mean you’ll get it. Remember, in 2009 the Chicago Bulls had a 1.9% chance at winning the lottery and they got it. They drafted this point guard named Derrick Rose. Perhaps you’ve heard of him.
See you guys on Wednesday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the Season Finale.