AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Kyle Singler scored 20 points, Greg Monroe had a double-double and the Detroit Pistons routed the Philadelphia 76ers 107-89 Saturday night.
Singler shot 6 of 8 on 3-pointers and Monroe finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons won for the ninth time in 11 games and improved to 6-15 at home. Six players scored in double figures for Detroit, and Andre Drummond grabbed 15 rebounds.
Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points for Philadelphia (8-32), but only one other starter reached double figures. Henry Sims contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
The Pistons have struggled with lowly Philadelphia recently, including a home loss this season, but ended most of the suspense on this night in the first half. Detroit hit its first five shots, including a trio of 3-pointers, and led 13-4 after 3 minutes.
Nine first-half turnovers and a few missed shots at the rim let the 76ers hang around for a while, but Detroit led 31-21 at the end of the first quarter and 56-37 at halftime. The Pistons picked up 23 points off 12 Philadelphia turnovers and shot 50 percent (8 for 16) on 3s while the 76ers went 2 of 15.
The 76ers started hitting shots in the second half, cutting Detroit’s lead to 66-56, but the Pistons used a steal and quick 3-pointer to score five points in the final 5 seconds of the third. That moved the margin to 81-62, and Philadelphia never seriously threatened in the fourth.
76ers: Philadelphia won the previous two meetings, both in embarrassing fashion for the Pistons. In March, the Sixers won 123-98 at home to end their 26-game losing streak, and on Dec. 6, they won 108-101 in overtime at the Palace to improve to 2-18 on the season.
Pistons: Detroit trails Miami by 2 1/2 games for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot. The Pistons haven’t made the postseason since 2009, but Stan Van Gundy has never missed the playoffs in his coaching career.
76ers: Visit the Washington Wizards on Monday.
Pistons: Visit the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.