Pistons use big second half to blow by 76ers

Detroit Pistons' Marcus Morris, left, goes up for a shot against Philadelphia 76ers' Hollis Thompson, center, and Nerlens Noel during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, March 12, 2016, in Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 23 points, Tobias Harris added 21 and the Detroit Pistons used a big second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 125-111 on Saturday night.

Trailing 57-52 at halftime, the Pistons shot 15 for 20 in a 38-point third quarter and finished with 73 points over the final two periods while erasing two 10-point deficits.

Reggie Jackson scored 15 of his 24 points in the first half for the Pistons, who put all five starters in double figures. Andre Drummond had 19 points and 15 rebounds, while Marcus Morris also finished with 19 points.

Isaiah Canaan finished with 20 points for the Sixers. He and Pistons guard Steve Blake had a heated exchange in the fourth quarter that led to each being assessed a technical foul.

Caldwell-Pope hit a 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter to put the Pistons ahead by three and that momentum carried into the fourth quarter as the Sixers couldn’t slow down the Pistons.

Carl Landry and Ish Smith each finished with 18 points for Philadelphia. Landry’s total matched a season high.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Detroit has several Philadelphia-area connections on its roster. Darrun Hilliard starred at nearby Villanova University in college while Marcus Morris was born and played high school basketball in Philadelphia. Assistant coach Malik Allen is from nearby Willingboro, New Jersey and like Hilliard also played at Villanova. Jodie Meeks played for the 76ers from 2010-12. And Joel Anthony was almost a 76er at the trade deadline, but the trade, which also involved the Houston Rockets, was cancelled after Rockets forward Donatas Montiejunas failed a physical with the Pistons.

76ers: This was the first time the 76ers were swept in a four-game season series by the Pistons since the 1995-96 season. . The Sixers are now 1-13 this season in the second of back-to-back games. . The Sixers had a ceremony at halftime to retire the number of Hall of Fame member Dolph Schayes. Schayes died last December at the age of 87. Voted as one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, Schayes spent most of his career with the Syracuse Nationals, the precursor of the 76ers. Nerlens Noel will continue to wear No. 4, Schayes’ number, in honor of the 12-time All-Star.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Visit Washington on Monday night.

76ers: Visit Brooklyn on Tuesday night.

 

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