The Sixers on Tuesday night started the second half of the season against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. The Sixers were looking to do two things. The first was to end their five game losing streak and the second was to get back to their defensive style of play that has put them on top of the Atlantic Division.
The Sixers looked totally rested and revived with their play in the game as they came out and took it right to the Detroit Pistons and left no doubt in this game about the final outcome. They did not look like a team who had been struggling on offense. The Sixers built a 26 point lead in the game and cruised to a 97-68 victory over the Pistons. The win by the Sixers ended the five game losing streak and got them off to a good start to the second half of the season after the All Star Break.
The Sixers were led by Thaddeus Young who had 2o points off the Sixers bench. Lou Williams had 13 points. Head coach Doug Collins left the Sixers bench at the end of the third quarter with flu like symptoms.
The Sixers who lead the Atlantic Division with a 21-14 record had six players who were in double digits on the night in scoring. Andre Iguodala had 12 points, 6 assists, and five rebounds. Elton Brand, Jodie Meeks, and Jrue Holiday had ten points.
The Detroit Pistons were led by Greg Monroe with 20 points and Rodney Stuckley had 17 points on the night for the Pistons.
The Sixers offense finally woke up for the first time in six games. The Sixers put the game away early and never let the Pistons get back into the game as they pushed their lead to 26 points in the third quarter. The Sixers defense also shut down the Pistons offense. The Pistons shot 31.6 percent from the field in the game. The Sixers defense was all over the ball all night.
The Sixers come back to the Wells Fargo Center on Wednesday night to take on probably the best team in the NBA right now. The Oklahoma City Thunder are next on the Sixers schedule. They have won seven out of their last eight games and they did not play on Tuesday night. They are sitting and waiting for the Sixers in Philadelphia and they are well rested. This is going to be an interesting game and the Sixers and their fans are going to find out if the Sixers can play with the likes of Oklahoma City.