I’ve never seen a display of tanking so evident than what the Detroit Pistons displayed on Saturday night. This team did literally not give a damn. I mean, you have too be this way to be down by 30-plus points to the Sixers at one point. Brandon Jennings was ejected in the first quarter after receiving two technicals, which pretty much set the mood for this game. The Sixers were up 70-51 at the half — no typo there.
THE STREAK IS OVER! NO MORE! The Sixers avoided NBA history by snapping their 26 game losing streak, which was tied for the longest in NBA history with the 2010-2011 Cavaliers. Yup, screw you Spencer Hawes! I don’t want to get into specifics here, because the Sixers just destroyed the Pistons in every facet of the game. Brett Brown had to empty his bench early in the fourth…not that the Sixers have a bench to empty, but you get the point.
The crowd of over 17,000 people were energetic, Tony Wroten looked like an actual basketball player, and Josh Smith was J-Smoove to the 10th degree. Let’s get into some quick hits:
- The Sixers won the rebounding margin by 46-44, this never happens.
- Michael Carter-Williams made 8-of-10 from the line, totaling 21 points, seven boards, four assists and four steals.
- Thaddeus Young hit 9-of-17 from the field for 21 points.
- Henry Sims continued his dominant play, scoring 16 points and grabbing seven rebounds
- TONY WROTEN returned. Wroten scored six points, grabbed six points and dished NINE(!!!!) assists. Love you Tony.
- Jarvis Varnado had nine points and SIX BLOCKED SHOTS.
- The Sixers somehow shot 52.5 percent from the field, while holding the Pistons to 39 percent shooting.
Tweet of the game:
Honestly, fans are dancing in the stands. After a regular-season win. By the Sixers. This is remarkable.
— Christopher A. Vito (@ChrisVito) March 30, 2014