Sixers Dominate Pistons to Snap 26-Game Losing Streak
By Fitzgerald Cecilio
Thaddeus Young and Michael Carter-Williams each scored 21 to lead the Philadelphia 76ers in routing the Detroit Pistons, 123-98 Saturday Wells Fargo Center.
Henry Sims added 16 points for the win.
The 76ers opened a 33-22 lead after one with Carter-Williams pouring in 11 points.
A 9-0 run with Young accounting for five points made it 55-38 with about 5 1/2 minutes left in the half.
When the Pistons crept within 10 with 1:32 remaining, Philadelphia closed with another 9-0 spurt to open a 70-51 cushion at the break.
The 76ers extended it to 98-66 late in the third.
Leading by 115-85 with with 5:13 left, 76ers coach Brett Brown pulled his five starters.
With the the win, the 76ers snapped their 26-game losing streak and avoided establishing the longest skid in U.S. major pro sports history.
Their 26 straight losses equaled the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers and also the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who dropped 26 straight from Sept. 12, 1976-Dec. 4, 1977.
The 76ers also ended an 18-game home losing streak, which was one shy of another NBA record.
Greg Monroe had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games.