Basketball / Sports

76ers routed by Pistons

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The 76ers were eager to erase memories of Friday night's nightmarish performance against the Atlanta Hawks.

They thought Michael Carter-Williams would be able to help them. He was unable to due to a sore right shoulder. And the standout rookie point guard probably wouldn't have made much of a difference, anyway.

Lack of towering interior players -- not guard play -- doomed the Sixers against the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season. This time, the Pistons prevailed, 113-96, Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

As the result, the Sixers (15-33) have lost back-to-back games to Atlanta and Detroit by a combined 43 points. They head into Monday's game at the Brooklyn Nets losers of 12 of their last 15 games.

Time will tell if Carter-Williams plays against the Nets. The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder is listed as day to day.

The 11th overall pick out of Syracuse had been dealing with a sore shoulder and expected to play Saturday night. The Sixers, however, decided to sit him for precautionary reasons.

It was the 12th game he missed this season due to an injury. Carter-Williams was sidelined four games early in the season with a bruised arch in his left foot. Then he missed six more games because of soreness and a skin infection in the front of his right knee.

On this night, Detroit power forward Greg Monroe (6-foot-11) and Andre Drummond (6-11) feasted on their smaller opponents early. Their play then opened things up for their teammates.

Drummond made 10 of 11 shots and finished with 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 3 blocks. Monroe was 8 of 10 from the field and had 21 points, 12 rebounds, and 3 assists. Reserve forward Kyle Singler also had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

But the Pistons (19-27) basically put the game out of reach by making 6 of 11 three-pointers in the third quarter. Their last one gave them a commanding, 89-65 lead with 2 minutes, 54 seconds left in the quarter.

Detroit also held commanding rebounding (54-40) and second-chance points (32-12) advantages.

Tony Wroten, who started in place of Carter-Williams, paced the Sixers with 18 points and five assists.

The game got a little testy late in the second quarter. After being fouled by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Evan Turner tossed the ball backward. It hit the Pistons guard in the face. Taking offense, Detroit point guard Brandon Jennings threw the ball at Turner. The two were separate and received technical fouls.

Sixers Super Bowl Sunday. The Sixers' schedule worked out well for Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten. The team flew to New York Saturday night ahead of the game against Brooklyn. As a result, the Seattle natives will attend Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium to root for their hometown Seahawks against the Denver Broncos.

Meanwhile, the rest of the team will watch the game together in a team-bonding Super Bowl watch party.

In honor of Black History Month, both teams wore white warm-up tops with #NBABHM on the front. Hawes, Thaddeus Young, and Wroten wore purple sneakers with gold trim with "BHM," also in honor of Black History Month.

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