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Greg Monroe leads with double-double to Pistonís first victory

11/15/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Greg Monroe turned hot in the Detroit Pistons’ first matchup against an Eastern Conference team this season, leading them with 19 points, 18 rebounds and six assists in a 94-76 win over the Philadelphia 76ers. The Detroit Pistons ended their worst start in franchise history and an era of being labeled among the only two winless teams in the league this season after Wednesday night’s victory brought their record up to 1-8.
 
The Detroit Pistons had better luck in their seventh road game and overall ninth game of the season by dominating a mentally beaten Philadelphia 76ers and their sluggish starters from the opening tip. Kyle Singler had 16 points, while forward Tayshaun Prince and guard Brandon Knight each scored 15 points against the Philadelphia 76ers. The Detroit Pistons were overall a better team Wednesday night as four of their starters scored in double digits and forward Jason Maxiel l trailed Greg Monroe’s contribution on the board with eight points and 12 rebounds.
 
 The Philadelphia 76ers were clearly having problems at the center with All-Star Andrew Bynum sidelined till early December with a bone bruise that kept him out for the season so far. It was a similar faith against the Milwaukee Bucks who out rebounded the Philadelphia 76ers by 17 Monday night.
 
Last night the Detroit Pistons crushed the Philadelphia 76ers on the boards outrebounding them 57-38. Greg Monroe could alone match the Philadelphia 76ers’ efforts on the glass with nine rebounds by the halftime break.
 
The Detroit Pistons dominated in the paint, with Kyle Singler, Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe amassing 13, 12 and 11 points respectively in the first half. They caught fire late in the first half when the Detroit Pistons stretched a 2 point lead into 52-34 by halftime.
 
The Detroit Pistons didn’t even need a scoring threat from the arc, as they took care of business with mid-range jumpers and easy points around the basket.  They made only three 3-pointer throughout the game.
 
Meanwhile, the Philadelphia 76ers played one of their worst game this season, missing 30-of-43 shots into the third half and scoring on only 5-of-10 free throws. The Philadelphia 76ers made only 25-of-84 shots on 30 percent scoring. Lavoy Allen led the Philadelphia 76es in scoring with 14 points.
 
One noteworthy issue arising from the Philadelphia 76ers’ performance last night was that their pairing of Brown-Spencer Hawes-Thaddeus Young is just not working. And with Andrew Bynum out for another month the Philadelphia 76ers need to the situation stat since their halfcourt offense was non-existent Wednesday night, with limited ball movement and off-key long-jumpers with minor minutes remaining in the fourth-quarter.
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