AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Pistons jumped on the Sixers early and they never took their foot off the gas in a 115-100 final in Detroit on Sunday. The Sixers fell to 1-7 on the road and have lost their last seven games away from the Wells Fargo Center.
The Sixers were outrebounded, 56-41, and they turned it over 20 times.
Brett Brown shuffled his starting lineup, putting Hollis Thompson at the shooting guard spot for James Anderson. It was Thompson’s first career NBA start (see story).
When you are on someone else’s home floor and the opponent drops 40 first-quarter points on 66.7 percent shooting from the field and a perfect 6 for 6 from behind the arc, you are going to be in for a long, uphill battle over the remaining 36 minutes. The Sixers indeed found themselves in that situation trailing, 40-25, at the end of one quarter.
The 40 points allowed in the first quarter and 70 in the first half were both season highs by a Sixers opponent.
Follow the leader
Andre Drummond had a double-double by halftime with 14 points and 11 rebounds. He almost single-handedly outrebounded the Sixers in the first 24 minutes (the Sixers had 14 boards). Drummond finished with a career-high 31 points and a career-high 19 rebounds.
Brandon Jennings had a double-double with 20 points and 12 assists. It was his fifth double-double this season. Jennings spent his first four years in the league in Milwaukee and was traded to Detroit in the offseason.
Josh Smith added another 20 points. Smith is a good fit with the Pistons. He looks for others first but is still a very capable scorer himself.
Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner came to life in the third quarter, combining for 25 points. Young finished with a team-high 24 points while Evan Turner added 20.
Brown decided one way to possibly erase a 24-point halftime deficit was to put Drummond on the foul line. Drummond came into Sunday shooting 28.6 percent from the charity stripe. The Sixers fouled him repeatedly in the third, sending him to the foul line for 12 attempts. He made three, and the Sixers trailed by just 12 with 12 minutes remaining.
For the game, Drummond ended up 7 for 18 from the foul line.
Take a bow
Rodney Stuckey has spent plenty of time in the starting lineup, making 260 starts for the Pistons over the course of his first six NBA seasons. With the arrival of Jennings, Stuckey has been relegated to coming off the bench, but he still leads his team in scoring with 17 points per game.
Stuckey had 17 points against the Sixers Sunday afternoon.
Orlando will visit the Wells Fargo Center on Tuesday. The Magic beat the Sixers last Wednesday in Orlando, 105-94. In that game, the Sixers were without Spencer Hawes and Tony Wroten, but they did welcome back Thaddeus Young, who led them in scoring with 26 points.
The Magic were led by former Sixer Nik Vucevic, who scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds. In four career games against the team that drafted him 16th overall in 2011, Vucevic has averaged 14 points and 16.5 rebounds.