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The Pistons had plenty of room to maneuver in the paint -- Singler scored 13, Prince had 12 and Monroe 11 points in the first half.
Detroit had most of its fun in the second quarter, stretching a two-point lead into 52-34 at the break. They made only three 3-pointers all game, scoring the bulk of their points on mid-range jumpers, and easy buckets around the basket.
The Sixers again struggled with their halfcourt offense, showing little ball movement and firing up long jumpers as the shot clock ticked down. Bynum hasn't played all season because of a bone bruise and isn't expected back until at least early January. It's clear they need help in the middle because the Brown-Spencer Hawes-Thaddeus Young combination has been a bust.
The Pistons played so well they didn't even need both eyes on the ball from the free-throw line. Monroe was fouled on a drive down the line and appeared to lose a contact in the process. He touched his right eye, squinted, and buried the first one. His contact recovered and in place, he clanked the second attempt. The moment was good for a chuckle in a game that turned into a laugher.
NOTES: 76ers F Dorell Wright briefly left the game and needed eight stitches on his chin. ... Pistons coach Lawrence Frank started 0-16 with the New Jersey Nets in 2009 and was fired. ... The Pistons had never started worse than 0-7 before this season. ... On the plus side, the Sixers made only four turnovers.
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