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Pistons 94, 76ers 76

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PHILADELPHIA -- Greg Monroe had 19 points, 18 rebounds and six assists Monday night, as the Detroit Pistons beat the cold-shooting Philadelphia 76ers 94-76 to earn their first victory of the season.

Rookie guard Kyle Singler, making his first start, added 16 points for Detroit (1-8), which limited the Sixers to a season-low 29.8-percent shooting from the field (25-for-84). Their point total was also a season low.

Brandon Knight and Tayshaun Prince scored 15 apiece for Detroit, which shot 47.3 percent from the field and owned a 57-38 rebounding advantage.

Lavoy Allen scored 14 points to top the Sixers (4-4), who have dropped two straight, and three in a row at home. Jrue Holiday added 12.

Philadelphia, which remains without center Andrew Bynum because of a bad right knee, began the night 25th in the NBA in shooting percentage, at 41.6 percent, and 26th in scoring, at 89.7 points a game. The Pistons added to their misery, even though their defense had been among the worst in the league. They had been allowing 101.5 points a game, on 46-percent shooting -- numbers that ranked 27th and 26th in the league, respectively.

The Sixers did manage to trim an 18-point halftime deficit to 11 points midway through the third quarter. But they missed nine of their next 10 shots, enabling the Pistons to extend their lead to 20, at 74-54, early in the final period. They went up by as many as 23 later in the period.

Singler scored 13 points and Prince 12 in the first half, which ended with the Pistons holding a 52-34 lead. To that point in the game Detroit shot 51.4 percent from the field and limited the Sixers to a season-low point total for any half.

Monroe had 11 points and nine rebounds in the half for the Pistons, who also enjoyed a 33-15 advantage on the boards.

Lavoy Allen paced the Sixers with 10 first-half points. But as a team the Sixers shot 30.2 percent in the first two quarters.

NOTES: Singler started in place of Rodney Stuckey, who did not play because of flulike symptoms. ... Kwame Brown started at center for the Sixers, after missing the previous four games with a calf strain. ... Singler was leveled after colliding with Brown in the first quarter, but remained in the game. ... Forward Corey Maggette made his first appearance of the season for Detroit, after missing the first eight games with a calf strain. He scored nine points. ... Sixers forward Dorell Wright needed eight stitches to close a cut on his chin. ... The Sixers had only four turnovers in the game, one in the second half. Singler scored 13 points and Prince 12 in the first half, which ended with the Pistons holding a 52-34 lead. To that point, Detroit shot 51.4 percent from the field and limited the Sixers to a season-low point total for any half.
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