An already sparse crowd got even leaner during the second half on Wednesday as folks at the Wells Fargo Center tried to save themselves from witnessing the action on the court.
The Sixers were manhandled, 94-76, by the Detroit Pistons. The loss was the Sixers’ third straight defeat at home and dropped their record to 4-4.
Detroit picked up its first win of the season by shooting 48 percent from the floor and holding the Sixers to 30 percent.
There was no mystery: Detroit entered Wednesday’s game against the Sixers hungry to taste victory. The Pistons had not won a game since April 26, 2012 when they beat the Sixers 106-86 in the final game of last year’s regular season.
In eight tries this year, Lawrence Frank’s squad had come up short. Yet, the Pistons were the team that took the court with more aggression and energy.
The second quarter was when this game got away from the Sixers. Detroit made 9 of 15 field goal attempts. The Pistons went to the foul line for 13 free throw attempts and made 11. They had twice as many rebounds as the Sixers (14-7), and they limited the Sixers to 17 points on 33 percent shooting.
The Sixers were down six points after one quarter and 18 points after two.
Follow the leader
Greg Monroe had 19 points and 18 rebounds. He was one of four Pistons in double-figure scoring, and his domination on the glass led Detroit’s 57-37 rebounding edge.
Jrue Holiday had 12 points, six rebounds, seven assists and just one turnover. Lavoy Allen came off the bench to lead the Sixers with 14 points and had a season-high six rebounds.
In the last two games, the Sixers have given up a combined 114 first-half points and allowed the opposition to make 58 percent of their shots. Those numbers are hard to erase in the final two quarters, no matter who you are.
Take a bow
Kyle Singler made his first NBA start because Rodney Stuckey stayed home in Detroit with the flu. The former Duke standout made 7 of 13 field goal attempts for 16 points. He also grabbed four rebounds.
The Sixers will play their third consecutive home game Friday night when Utah comes to town.
Utah has six players averaging double figure in points, led by Mo Williams’ 17 points per game. Former Villanova standout Randy Foye comes off the Jazz bench and averages 12.6 points a night.
The Jazz’ record was 4-4 heading into their game Wednesday night at Boston.