PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Andre Drummond had 18 points and 16 rebounds and Marcus Morris scored 21 points to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Philadelphia 76ers 107-95 on Friday night.
The Pistons opened the game on an 11-0 run, built a 24-point lead in the first half and led 89-66 after three quarters.
It was a typical game for the abysmal Sixers. San Antonio beat Philadelphia by 51 points on Monday.
Yet, coach Brett Brown believes better days are ahead and signed a multi-year contract extension that was announced before the game.
Brown dropped to 38-150 in 2 1/2 seasons with the Sixers. They are 1-23 this season.
Reggie Jackson also scored 21 points for the Pistons.
Hours after Brown’s extension was made official, the Pistons wasted no time snuffing out the good feelings inside the Wells Fargo Center. Jackson hit a 3-pointer to spark the 11-0 spurt and quickly turned the home crowd’s attention to the “Star Wars” theme night festivities.
Much like the adventures of Luke Skywalker and friends, the Sixers were last contenders a long time ago.
Morris, a Philadelphia native, torched his hometown team in the third quarter. He hit a pair of 3-pointers during a 26-8 run that put the Pistons ahead by 29 points and let them rest most of their starters in the fourth.
The Pistons hit the 100-point mark early in the fourth quarter.
The Sixers committed a whopping 10 turnovers in the first quarter that led to 19 points for the Pistons. They finished with 21.
Drummond also had four of Detroit’s nine blocked shots.
The Sixers actually beat Detroit three times last season, the only Eastern Conference team they had a winning record against. While 18 wins was hardly cause for celebration last season, any kind of winning streak this year would almost feel like a playoff push in Philadelphia.
Pistons: They improved to 5-8 on the road. Detroit had lost 8 of 9 on the road. … After getting outrebounded two straight games, the Pistons held a 48-44 edge on the boards.
76ers: Guard Kendall Marshall made his season debut after recovering from a torn ACL in his right knee suffered last season with Milwaukee. … Guard Tony Wroten, eased back into the lineup after missing 20 games with a right knee injury, was held out.
Brown not only loves the franchise’s future, he’s hooked on the city.
“I love the city of Philadelphia. It’s real,” he said. “It’s difficult, at times, going through what we all go through. I like raising my family here. I like my son, my little 11-year-old son, being on the streets of Philadelphia playing playground basketball, my kids going through the Lower Merion school district.”
Pistons: Host Indiana on Saturday.
76ers: Play Sunday at Toronto.