The Detroit Pistons dressed a full roster but only played six because seven of them choose to skip the morning shootaround for various reasons. The Pistons have been having all kind of problems and right now basketball seems to be least of their worries.
The Detroit Pistons (21-39) took on the Philadelphia 76ers (29-29) without the aid of Richard Hamilton, Tracy McGrady, Chris Wilcox, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace, Rodney Stuckey, and Austin Daye.
The 76ers started out on a roll and kept it going to a 10-5 lead. The Pistons tried to battle back to knock it down to a four point lead, but the Sixers kept the pressure on them getting the lead to eight with 3:24 left on a pair of Iguodala free-throws. The Pistons ended the quarter with four points, two from Bynum and two from Gordon to knock the Sixers lead down to seven.
The Sixers kept the pressure on the Pistons to the point where their head coach John Kuester walked on the court to argue a non-call. Kuester was ejected for that when he received to quick technicals, one for walking on the court and the other for his aggressive outburst on the referee.
Philly went on a 12-6 run to push 41-38 before the incident happened. The Pistons got the game to within three on a Villanueva 3-pointer, but a Brand jumper and Evan Turner’s dunk for his only two points of the game made it a seven point lead. The Sixers finished the quarter with a 10 point 59-49 lead.
Will Bynum played 48 minutes and scored 29 points with five rebounds and six assists. Charlie Villanueva scored 17 points in his 36 minutes and Dajuan Summers scored just ten points in his 39 minutes. Greg Monroe played 43 minutes and Ben Gordon played 45 minutes and both of them scored 16 points. Monroe had 11 rebounds to lead the team. Jason Maxiell was the only player to come off the bench, and he played 29 minutes. He scored just six points in his time off the bench.
The Sixers played just eight players and was led by Thaddeus Young who scored 24 points off the bench. Andre Iguodala scored 21 points with 11 assists and Elton Brand scored 20 points with 17 rebounds. Jure Holiday and Marreese Speights both scored 12 points, but Holiday dished out 10 assists.
The short-handed Pistons trailed most of the game. Brand scored 10 of his 20 points in the third quarter and Lou Williams (8 points) and Jrue Holiday hit consecutive 3s to make it a 11 point lead.
The fourth quarter was pretty much a formality for the Sixers as they closed out the game. For three quarters, the Pistons kept close on the potency of 52 percent shooting. They didn't have the fresh legs to keep up with a Sixers team that dunked their way toward easy buckets, Iguodala put the exclamation point on the win with two fast-break dunks that wowed the crowd and sealed the 100-87 lead in the fourth quarter.
When Kuester was tossed in the second quarter, McGrady and his teammates laughed as their coach headed toward the locker room.