Philly set the tone early. Midway through the first quarter, the 76ers built up a 7 point lead and added to it from there.
In the post-game, effort was the buzzword. Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith looked annoyed to have to show up, and Jennings quickly fixed his situation by getting ejected 10 minutes into the game. Smith took a shot at getting himself ejected too, but airballed the attempt. He finished 2-8 shooting with four turnovers, four fouls, and a tech.
With Jennings' ejection, Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum controlled much of the team's offense. In a ball-hogging 46 minutes, they combined for 22 shots, with only 6 assists and 7 turnovers.
While Stuckey and Bynum were ineffectively working on getting theirs, the 76ers were taking advantage of the missing transition defense to get easy chances at padding their lead.
It wasn't until John Loyer finally brought Peyton Siva into the game late in the third quarter that the Pistons were actually able to control the squad in hot competition for the title of the league's worst. Trailing 30 at the time, they finished +5 with Siva running the team.
Who stood out:
Let's start with Siva. His final line was shrug-worthy, but he looked remarkably better than his last crack at extended minutes back in December. Siva looked comfortable running the offense, doing a nice job getting into the lane and moving the ball, but particularly stood out on the defensive end - both squaring up on his man and providing help.
With most of the team playing at half-speed, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was all out and fun to watch. He had a pair of steals with two electric blocks to stop fast breaks. He also had a nice offensive performance with 16 points on 12 shots.
Greg Monroe worked his way to 20 points, 10 rebounds (including 5 offensive), and two assists. Kyle Singler and Jonas Jerebko were quietly effective, each with an efficient 10 points.
John Loyer deserves the game ball for this loss though. With effort the word of the day, only four players were really guilty - and four who have been consistent perpetrators. Loyer kept the game in their hands until the game was far out of reach, despite the glaring obviousness that they were only looking to get theirs.
--Michael Carter-Williams and Thaddeus Young led the way for the 76ers, each with 21 points.
--The 76ers are the one team in the league worse at three point shooting than the Pistons. They connected on 12-21 last night, good for 57 percent.
--Next up is the 14-59 Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night. With nine games left in the season, it'll take four wins to pass last season's record. Seven off the remaining teams are poised to make the playoffs.
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