Iguodala's triple-double fuels rout of PistonsJan 29, 2012 - 4:16 AM Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Before starting a brutal seven-game stretch Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers had to take care of business against the Detroit Pistons on Saturday night.
On his 28th birthday, Andre Iguodala recorded his eighth career triple-double with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists as Philadelphia routed Detroit, 95-74.
"It's something I try to pride myself on, it's something that's very difficult to get but it seems to come natural to me," Iguodala said of the triple- double. "I always want to be mentioned as one of those guys that can do a lot of different things on the court."
Lou Williams added 17 points for the Sixers, who moved to 10-2 at home this season. They have outscored their opponents by double-figures in each of those victories.
Greg Monroe finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pistons, who have lost four straight and eight of their last nine.
"We couldn't sustain anything. As the game went on they started to get easier and easier baskets in transition," Detroit head coach Lawrence Frank said.
The Sixers sit atop the Atlantic Division at 14-6, but rank near the bottom of the NBA in strength of schedule heading into a tough stretch that will give them an opportunity to disprove some of their skeptics.
"Play the teams in front of you. We've got 10 home wins. Win at home and that's what we've got to try to keep doing. We know we've got some great teams coming in. We've just got to be ready to play," 76ers head coach Doug Collins said of the team's upcoming schedule.
It begins with home games against the Magic, Bulls and Heat, then a road game in Atlanta. The Sixers will return home to play the Lakers, Spurs and Clippers after that. Those seven teams had a combined 90 wins entering play Saturday.
While on a fastbreak midway through the first quarter, Iguodala dribbled into the paint and leapt while looking to pass. Before his toes hit the floor, Iguodala passed to himself off the backboard and emphatically put through his own alley-oop with a two-handed flush.
The play ignited a 14-0 Sixers run, pushing their lead to 21-8 late in the opening quarter before it was 24-14 going into the second. Williams and Jodie Meeks both hit a pair of three-pointers in the period.
The Sixers took a 42-31 lead into the break. Williams netted 10 first-half points to pace Philadelphia while Detroit shot just 33.3 percent.
Philadelphia continued to hold its double-digit advantage in the third before taking a 69-53 lead into the final quarter. Elton Brand and Iguodala netted six points apiece in the stanza.
The Sixers led by as many as 29 in the fourth, cruising to the easy win.
Iguodala last recorded a triple-double on March 6, 2011, against Golden State when he had 15 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists...Austin Daye had 12 points for the Pistons...Brand had 14 points and three blocks while Jrue Holiday finished with 13 points for Philadelphia...The Sixers are 10-3 against the Eastern Conference this season...Ben Gordon did not play for the Pistons due to a sore left shoulder.
- DETROIT: 74
Jan 28 9:13 PM
- DETROIT: 53
End of 3rd
Jan 28 8:48 PM
- DETROIT: 31
Jan 28 8:05 PM
- DETROIT: 14
End of 1st
Jan 28 7:33 PM
- DETROIT: 0
1st Quarter - 12:00
Jan 28 7:11 PM
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