Greg Monroe had the Sixers’ front court in the palm of his hand from the opening tip. The Pistons’ center finished with 27 points, 16 rebounds, and 4 assists in a 109-101 victory in Detroit’s home finale. If that isn’t impressive enough, his 27 points came on just 14 shot attempts.
Will Bynum continued his success against the Sixers, scoring 22 points to go along with 6 assists on 8-of-13 shooting. Kyle Singler added 16 points of his own, and after being a game-time decision, Andre Drummond scored five points and grabbed 8 rebounds before fouling out.
The Sixers led at halftime 54-51 before getting outscored 31-21 in the third quarter, including a 14-5 run late. Late in the game, it was still competitive, with Philly trailing by just 7 points. Will Bynum then played the role of closer, hitting a three-pointer from the left corner. That was the dagger.
Dorell Wright led the Sixers in scoring for the second straight game, finishing with 22 points.
Here are the player grades for the game :
Dorell Wright – 33 minutes, 22 points, 8 rebounds, 6 assists : B+
Wright continued to be aggressive in his minutes on the floor. He finished 4-of-10 from three, and led the Sixers in scoring again while contributing in just about every other way as well.
Damien Wilkins – 32 minutes, 4 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds : C-
Wilkins took just six shots, connecting on two of them. Regardless of his scoring total, he added five assists, which was tied for second on the team.
Spencer Hawes – 31 minutes, 13 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists : C+
Hawes had a great first half, connecting on 5 of his first 10 shots. He also grabbed seven boards in the first two quarters. After the halftime break, Spencer attempted just 3 shots, making one of them, and added only two more rebounds.
Evan Turner – 29 minutes, 13 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds : C
Turner played an average game for himself. He averages 13 points, 6 assists, and 4 rebounds so he was just a shade under those numbers.
Jrue Holiday – 28 minutes, 14 points, 3 assists, 5 turnovers : C-
Jrue’s end of season struggles are well documented. They continued in Detroit. While he did shoot 7-of-15 from the field, his turnover numbers continue to climb. It’s unclear of why Jrue has struggled across the finish line, but it could have something to do his minutes dropping as the team is out of playoff contention.
Justin Holiday – 28 minutes, 11 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists : C-
The older Holiday brother saw an increase in minutes, and played decently while on the floor. The Sixers were minus-two when Justin was on the court, which was the second best of any other player, behind only Damien Wilkins and Thaddeus Young.
Arnett Moultrie – 25 minutes, 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block : C+
Moultrie played well in 25 minutes of work. He was efficient offensively, 5-of-9 from the floor, and grabbed 5 boards all while playing good interior defense.
Thaddeus Young – 23 minutes, 11 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals : C
Thad played just 23 minutes, but continued his efficient offensive work, adding 11 points on 8 shots. His rebounding was not up-to-par, but he did come away with 2 steals.
Lavoy Allen – 13 minutes, 4 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals : C-
Lavoy had a few good minutes tonight, but shot just 2-of-6. His rebounding was better than it has been of late, grabbing one just about every four minutes.
One game remaining for the Doug Collins’ era.
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