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Wednesday, November 14th
(All times eastern)
Detroit Pistons (0-8) at Philadelphia 76ers (4-3), 7 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons have been competitive in every game
this season and have zero wins to show for it.
Off to the worst start in franchise history at 0-8, something has to give for
a Pistons team set to face the Philadelphia 76ers Wednesday from Wells Fargo
The losing trend resumed with Monday's 92-90 loss to the Oklahoma City
Thunder, who recently handed Detroit its sixth loss of the season last Friday
and took back the lead with a 17-2 run in the fourth quarter and outscored the
Pistons, 30-17, in the final period.
Detroit was able to cut the lead to 90-87 on a Greg Monroe layup in the waning
seconds, but Thunder star Kevin Durant made two subsequent free throws to put
the game away.
"The effort has been there both times we've played Oklahoma City. We
understand the fire power they have, but now we have to understand we need to
come with that same mindset playing against these other teams," Pistons
forward Tayshaun Prince said. "No matter who we play, we have to play with
this type of aggression throughout the game."
Rodney Stuckey had 19 points and Monroe added 17, while Prince finished with
12 points to move past Grant Hill and into eighth place on the franchise's
all-time scoring list. Jason Maxiell had 13 points, seven rebounds and three
blocked shots in defeat.
"Max (Jason Maxiell) was unbelievable for us and covered a lot of our
mistakes," Prince added. "This loss was tough to swallow because the guys put
out a great effort for a long period of time."
The Pistons are 0-6 on the road this season and have dropped eight in a row as
the visitor dating back to last season.
Philadelphia had a three-game winning streak stopped in Monday's 105-96
setback to Brandon Jennings and the Milwaukee Bucks. Jennings pumped in a
season-best 33 points and added eight assists and five rebounds. Monta Ellis
had 18 points, seven assists and five boards for the Bucks.
"Our pick-and-roll game was really working tonight," Jennings said. "Me and
Monta were able to get into our flow a little bit quicker tonight. We were
just taking what the defense gave us."
The 76ers were led by Jrue Holiday's 25 points and six assists, but eight
turnovers proved to be costly. Jason Richardson returned to the Sixers' lineup
after missing four games with an ankle sprain and scored 20 points for
Philadelphia, which was done in by a 9-0 Milwaukee run in the fourth quarter.
"We did some good things but Jennings was just fabulous tonight," Sixers coach
Doug Collins said. "We weren't able to overcome our mistakes. We just couldn't
finish it out."
Collins' squad was outscored by a 42-24 margin in the paint and got its five-
game homestand off to a poor start. The Sixers are in the midst of playing
eight of the next nine games at home, and fell to 0-16 dating back to the
2010-11 campaign when opposing teams shoot 50 percent or better.
In other Sixers news, it was announced new center Andrew Bynum would be
cleared to resume basketball activities by Dec. 10 and could get back on the
floor by Christmas or in the New Year.
"We know that Sixers fans are eager to see Andrew Bynum play and shine in a
76ers uniform," 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo said. "We also know that no
one is more eager to see Andrew play for the Sixers than Andrew himself. He
fully realizes the key contribution he can make to the team. Hopefully, that
day is coming soon."
The Sixers closed out the 2011-12 regular season with a 108-86 loss at
Detroit, but were 3-1 in the season series. Detroit has lost two straight and
three of its last four games at Wells Fargo Center.
11/14 10:37:00 ET