PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Ish Smith scored 15 points to pace a balanced offense, and the Philadelphia 76ers snapped a four-game skid with a 94-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.
Jason Richardson added 14 points for Philadelphia, which won for just the second time in 10 games. The 76ers continued to have success against the Pistons, winning three of four meetings this season.
Philadelphia rookie big man Nerlens Noel left with 4 minutes, 27 seconds left in the third quarter with a right foot contusion and didn’t return. Noel, who sat out all of last season with a left knee injury, finished with 11 points and four rebounds.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 20 points for the Pistons, who have lost 11 of 12. Reggie Jackson, who set a career-high with 20 assists on Tuesday, had a triple-double with 11 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.
Detroit, which entered 28th in the league in field-goal percentage (42.6 percent) struggled from the field against Philadelphia again. The Pistons hit 33 percent (29-for-88) on Wednesday. They shot a season-low 30.7 percent in an 89-69 loss Jan. 28 at Philadelphia.
The Pistons’ hopes of a playoff spot all but evaporated with a 10-game losing streak that ended with Tuesday’s 105-95 home win over Memphis. It was the first victory since Feb. 22 for Detroit, which entered Wednesday 6
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