NBA Pistons bounce back in a big way against 76ers

The Detroit Pistons shook off a disappointing NBA defeat in emphatic style Saturday, pummelling the Philadelphia 76ers 136-106.

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Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores 26 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Philidelphia 76ers 136-106 play

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scores 26 points as the Detroit Pistons beat the Philidelphia 76ers 136-106

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The Detroit Pistons shook off a disappointing NBA defeat in emphatic style Saturday, pummelling the Philadelphia 76ers 136-106.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 26 points and Marcus Morris added 22 for the Pistons, who notched a season-high points total three days after falling 109-86 to the Pelicans at New Orleans.

"I thought we had good energy throughout," Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said after his team shot a season-high 56.8 percent from the floor. "We had a lot of respect for them. That's all we talked about for two days, how hard Philadelphia plays and the energy they bring to the game and (how) we would need to match that."

Reggie Jackson contributed 21 points and Tobias Harris chipped in 20 off the bench for the Pistons. Andre Drummond collected 14 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and three blocked shots.

Van Gundy said he'd considered bringing Jackson off the bench and starting backup Ish Smith at point guard, but decided to remain with Jackson as the starter and play him in six-minute segments. Jackson shot 9 of 14 from the floor, and Smith contributed 11 points and 13 assists.

"The energy in that first unit has not been very good," Van Gundy said. "It's certainly not all on (Jackson) but they sort of follow the point guard, so let's get the pace up a little bit and attack. He was better with that tonight."

Jackson said the new rotation proved helpful.

"It's only one game, one sample size," he said. "We'll see how it goes the next couple of games. Whatever the man says, we're going to compete."

The Pistons, currently occupying the Eastern Conference's eighth and final playoff spot, seized control when they out-scored the 76ers 19-4 in the final 4:19 of the first half.

The 76ers, who coughed up 20 turnovers, trailed by as many as 33 in the second half.

Nik Stauskas scored a career-high 24 points and Dario Saric added 19 points and a career-high eight assists for Philadelphia, but the short-handed Sixers, who had just nine players available, couldn't match the Pistons' firepower.

Jahlil Okafor did not play because of a sore right knee and Gerald Henderson missed his second straight game with hip trouble. Tiago Splitter remains out with a strained right calf.

"It's just embarrassing to get beat like that, especially on our home floor," Stauskas said, adding it was especially disappointing since the 76ers beat the Pistons in Detroit in December.

"I thought we had a really good win against them, and we just didn't bring the energy and effort today."

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