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Pistons take losing ways to south Philly

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Pistons will try to end a six-game losing streak Friday night when they visit the Wells Fargo Center to take on the Philadelphia 76ers.

The Pistons haven't won since Dec. 23 in Cleveland. Detroit lost the two prior to that so the Pistons are just 1-8 over the last nine and that includes a four-game road losing streak.

"It's hard but the main thing is we are consistently losing the same way," said Detroit forward Josh Smith. "We are showing up for half of a game and we have to be able to try to figure out what we need to do in order to start off better in the second half. We have got to be willing to play hard for 48 minutes."

That formula was in play on Wednesday when the Pistons fell to the Toronto Raptors, 112-91. Detroit owned a 54-50 lead at the break, but lost the third quarter, 34-20, and the final 12 minutes, 28-17.

Brandon Jennings scored 22 points on 6-of-19 shooting for the Pistons. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Smith posted 13 points apiece in the loss, while Greg Monroe netted 11 to go along with 11 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey chipped in 14 off the bench.

The Pistons play four of their next six at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The 76ers have dropped two straight since a four-game winning streak, which all came on the road. Philly has lost one at home, a 31-point blowout to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Monday, and one on the road, an 18-point loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday.

Sixers coach Brett Brown said his players must have been more fatigued from their five-game road trip than he realized. He gave C.J. Miles, who made 10 3- pointers, credit, but also found fault with the way his team defended the hot hand.

"As a young team when somebody like that is rolling you have to be aware of where he is every second," Brown said. "We just didn't get the job done on him defensively."

Thaddeus Young, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week after averaging 25 points per game last week, was 0-for-7 and went scoreless for the Sixers.

Rookie Michael Carter-Williams had a career-high 33 points in the loss. James Anderson finished with 15 points, followed by 12 from Elliot Williams and 11 out of Brandon Davies. The final three double-figure scorers came off the bench as the other four starters, besides Carter-Williams, combined for 17 points.

The Sixers play three straight at home after Friday's tilt.

The Pistons beat the Sixers by 15 in Detroit on Dec. 1 and have taken four of the last five meetings between the two sides. Philly has won three of four against Detroit in the City of Brotherly Love.

01/10 10:51:29 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
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y= clinched division title
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Scoreboard
Local
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1
 
Final
WAS 3
STL 4
Final
CLE 0
TOR 5
Final
DET 5
ANA 2
Final
BOS 4
BAL 2
Final
KAN 5
MIN 4
Final
CHC 8
CIN 4
Final
OAK 4
HOU 3
7th
PIT 7
MIL 5
 
7th
NYM 1
ATL 3
 
6th
TAM 10
NYY 1
 
8th
MIA 6
SEA 0
 
4th
TEX 2
CWS 1
 
4th
LOS 0
ARI 4
 
4th
COL 1
PHI 0
 
3rd
SDP 1
SFG 0
 
Final
TOR 87
BRK 94
Final
LAC 105
GSW 109
4th
IND 74
ATL 90
 
9:30pm Tonight
OKC
MEM
Final
STL 4
CHI 3
3rd
PIT 3
CLB 2
 
9:30pm Tonight
COL
MIN
15th
NOR 1
DUR 1