Without Carter-Williams, 76ers routed by Pistons

Lou Williams passes under pressure from Michael Carter-Williams. Atlanta's Williams spent seven seasons as a Sixer.
Lou Williams passes under pressure from Michael Carter-Williams. Atlanta's Williams spent seven seasons as a Sixer. (STEVEN M. FALK / Staff)
Posted: February 03, 2014

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The 76ers were eager to erase memories of Friday night's nightmarish performance against the Atlanta Hawks.

They thought Michael Carter-Williams would be able to help them, but he was out with a sore right shoulder. And the standout rookie point guard probably wouldn't have made much of a difference, anyway.

A lack of towering interior players - not guard play - doomed the Sixers against the Detroit Pistons for the third time this season. This time, the Pistons prevailed, 113-96, Saturday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

As a result, the Sixers (15-33) have lost back-to-back games to Atlanta and Detroit by a combined 43 points. They head into Monday's game at the Brooklyn Nets losers of 12 of their last 15 games.

Time will tell if Carter-Williams plays against the Nets. The 6-foot-6, 185-pounder is listed as day to day.

The 11th overall pick out of Syracuse had been dealing with a sore shoulder and expected to play Saturday night. The Sixers, however, decided to sit him for precautionary reasons.

"I always want to get out there and play, especially because I missed games before," Carter-Williams said. "I think it was the right decision to rest my shoulder. I woke up, and it was real stiff. So I'm just going day to day."

Carter-Williams said he injured his shoulder while running into a screen in a recent game.

It was the 12th game the 22-year-old missed this season because of injury.

On this night, Detroit power forward Greg Monroe (6-11) and center Andre Drummond (6-11) feasted on their smaller opponents early. Their play opened things up for teammates in the third quarter.

Drummond made 10 of 11 shots and finished with game highs of 22 points, 14 rebounds, and 5 blocks. Monroe was 8 of 10 from the field and had 21 points, 12 rebounds, 4 steals, and 3 assists. Reserve forward Kyle Singler also had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds.

With the frontcourt leading the way, the Pistons outrebounded the Sixers, 58-44, and outscored them by 32-12 on second-chance points.

"Look at the numbers. The combination of Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, they are 18 for 21 [from the field]," Sixers coach Brett Brown said. ". . . The bigs were big."

The Pistons (19-27) pulled away in the third quarter, when they outscored the Sixers, 36-21. A lot of that had to do with Detroit's making 6 of 11 three-pointers in the quarter. Their last one gave them a commanding, 89-65 lead with 2 minutes, 54 seconds left in the quarter.

"The threes kind of were a backbreaker," Thad Young said.

Tony Wroten, who started in place of Carter-Williams, led the Sixers with 18 points and five assists.

Super Bowl-bound. The schedule worked out well for Spencer Hawes and Wroten. The Sixers flew to New York Saturday night ahead of the game against Brooklyn. As a result, the Seattle natives will attend Super Bowl XLVIII at MetLife Stadium to root for their hometown Seahawks against the Denver Broncos.

The rest of the team will watch the game together.

In honor of Black History Month, both teams wore white warm-up tops with #NBABHM on the front. Hawes, Young, and Wroten wore purple sneakers with gold trim with "BHM," also in honor of Black History Month.


 

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