Sixers Win By 20 (!) For Ninth Victory

Michael Carter-Williams was one rebound short of a triple-double as the Sixers jumped out to a 24-4 lead and routed the Pistons, 89-69.

They said it couldn’t be done. In December, one sports book moved the over/under on the Sixers to 9.5. But it is only the end of January, and the Sixers now have nine wins on their own. They will, at worst, tie the 9-73 Sixers for futility in an 82-game season, and that’s only if they lose their final 36 games. That’s probably not going to happen. This Sixers season will not be the most embarrassing NBA season ever, record-wise.

The Sixers jumped out to a 24-4 lead on the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center and didn’t really have to look back. They held the Pistons to just 69 points — including just 32 in the second half.

Robert Covington led a balanced Sixers attack with 19 points. Michael Carter-Williams was a rebound away from a triple-double with 14 assists, 10 assists and 9 rebounds. JaKarr Sampson had 13, a career-high.

Just 11 days ago, the Pistons stomped the Sixers in Auburn Hills in a 107-89 victory. Kyle Singler, who had 20 points in that game, did not score at all in 19 minutes last night. Last night ex-Sixer Jodie Meeks scored 19, but on 4-of-16 shooting.

Additionally, Jerami Grant had another awesome dunk.

These Sixers may only have nine wins, but they’re often quite fun. They return to action Friday night in another game they could win, against 8-37 Minnesota.