Monday night the Pistons were looking to sweep multi-game road trip for the first time in five years when they traveled to Philadelphia to take on the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. However as Detroit was unable to put together four quality quarters of basketball the Pistons fell to Philadelphia 104-97 failing to take advantage of a strong inside game from Greg Monroe.
Monroe, who played exclusively at center Monday night netted 22 points and seven rebounds. As Philadelphia scored the first 14 points out of the half Monroe was a spark for a lethargic Detroit squad starting a six point possession and cutting down Philadelphia’s lead to 60-55.
From there the Pistons were able to keep things close but were unable to take advantage of prime opportunities to pull away from the 76ers.
Late in the fourth quarter a Charlie Villanueva three-pointer tied the game at 91 a piece. However on Philadelphia’s ensuing possession Jason Richardson scored an easy two on an inbound pass before Jrue Holiday picked the pocket of Tayshaun Prince leading to a Thaddeus Young dunk on the other end making it 95-91.
Greg Monroe was then able to get the Pistons within two scoring on a one-on-one with Spencer Hawes. The Pistons though were unable to capitalize on a series of missed free throws from Philadelphia as the 76ers went on to seal the victory.
The Pistons attacked the boards all night but where unable to really find success turning those rebounds into points. Jason Maxiell had a total of nine rebounds in the first half, 4 of which where offensive boards. He however wasn’t able to convert any of his offensive efforts and ended up 0 for 8 from the field by the time half rolled around. Meanwhile Andre Drummond who has been pretty impressive as of late didn’t any points in fifteen minutes of play but did have two blocks and an assist.
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