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Pistons 113, 76ers 96

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Center Andre Drummond led five players in double figures, four of whom scored at least 20 points, to help the Detroit Pistons earn a lopsided 113-96 win over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night at The Palace.

Drummond scored 22 points and added 14 rebounds, forward Greg Monroe had 21 points and 12 rebounds, point guard Brandon Jennings and forward Kyle Singler each scored 20 points and guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 12 points for the Pistons (19-27).

The Pistons won consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 10 and 11.

Tony Wroten, filling in for injured guard Michael Carter-Williams who sat out the game with shoulder soreness, led five Philadelphia players in double-figures by scoring 18 points.

Guard Elliot Williams and forward Evan Turner each scored 15 points and forward Thaddeous Young added 14 points for Philadelphia (15-33), which dropped its second straight game.

Taking advantage of getting to play the worst defensive team in the league, Detroit shot 45.1 percent from the floor and outrebounded the 76ers 57-44.

The Pistons built a 57-49 lead at halftime and then blew the game open in the third quarter, going on a 16-2 run to take a 79-56 lead with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter.

Detroit ended making up six shots from behind the 3-point line in the third quarter alone, eventually outscoring Philadelphia in the third, 36-21, to take a 93-70 lead into the fourth.

By the middle of the fourth quarter, the outcome of the game was anticlimactic and the teams went deep into their benches to play reserves.

NOTES: Sixers PG Michael Carter-Williams sat out Saturday's game with a sore right shoulder. He played on Friday night, scoring 17 points in almost 33 minutes. ... The Pistons entered the game having failed to win consecutive games since beating Philadelphia on Jan. 10 and Phoenix on Jan. 11. ... Detroit entered the game having won both previous meetings this season against the 76ers. Detroit won 115-100 at home on Dec. 1 before winning at Philadelphia on Jan. 10, 114-104. ... The game featured two of the four youngest rosters in the NBA. Philadelphia has the youngest roster with an average age of 23.9 years, while the Pistons are the fourth-youngest with an average age of 25.4 years on their roster. ... Pistons coach Mo Cheeks, who came into the league as a player for the Sixers in 1978 when Larry O'Brien was the NBA commissioner, complimented retired NBA commissioner David Stern and the legacy he will leave behind after 30 years on the job. "It's a lot more entertainment," Cheeks said. "When I was coming in there wasn't as much entertainment in terms of off the court. Now, there is a little more of everything, not just basketball. But it has changed for the better."
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