76ers Vs. Pistons: Andre Iguodala's Triple Double Leads Sixers In 95-74 Blowout

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.

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NBA Standings 2012: Philadelphia 76ers First Place In Atlantic Division; Tied For Third Overall In Eastern Conference

Saturday's 95-74 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons helped the Philadelphia 76ers keep the first-place spot in the NBA Standings. As of Sunday, the 76ers (14-6) have a four-game advantage over the Boston Celtics (9-9) in the East Conference's Atlantic Division, which features the New Jersey Nets (7-13) and New York Knicks (7-13) in third place and the Toronto Raptors (6-14) in last place.


Atlantic Standings

W L PCT GB STRK
Philadelphia 14 6 .700 0 Won 2
Boston 9 9 .500 4 Won 4
New Jersey 7 13 .350 7 Won 2
New York 7 13 .350 7 Lost 3
Toronto 6 14 .300 8 Lost 1

(updated 1.29.2012 at 2:54 PM EST)


Overall, the 76ers, who have won three of their last four games, are in third-place tie in the Eastern Conference standings with the Atlanta Hawks (14-6). Currently, the Chicago Bulls (17-4) are in first place, while the Miami Heat (14-5) are in second place.

For more Philadelphia 76ers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Liberty Ballers.

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76ers Vs. Pistons: Andre Iguodala's Triple Double Leads Sixers In 95-74 Blowout

Andre Iguodala put up his 8th career triple double as the Sixers blew out the Pistons 95-74 to move to 14-6 on the season and 10-2 at the Wells Fargo Center. Iguodala’s triple double was the minimum as he recorded exactly 10 points, 10 assists & 10 rebounds.

This game ends the relatively easy part of the Sixers schedule with visits from the Orlando Magic on Monday, Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and Miami Heat on Friday on the horizon. One of the criticisms of this upstart Sixers squad has been that they’ve largely beat up on bad teams, and while that is true… they really have beaten them up. Tonight was no different as they took an 11 point lead into the half, extended it to 17 in the opening minutes of the third quarter and never allowed the Pistons within 9 the rest of the way.

The SIxers’ trademark stifling defense was on display as they held the Pistons to just 31 first half points, the teams’ second-fewest in any half this season. As Ruben Frank pointed out, the Sixers have held four teams below 75 points this month. That’s the same amount of time they’ve held an opponent under 75 in their previous six seasons.

Lou Williams led all scorers with 17. The Sixers will hope to get some of their depleted front line back by Monday, as Dwight Howard and the Magic come to town.

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76ers Schedule 2012: Bobcats And Pistons Come To Town

After dropping a game they shouldn't have against New Jersey Nets on Wednesday, the 12-6 Philadelphia 76ers will need to bounce back and take care of business against two interior opponents this weekend before the schedule toughens. Friday and Saturday the Sixers will host the Bobcats and Pistons whose combined record is 7-31. Losing one or both of these games will be crushing for the team's psyche with opponents like the Bulls, Heat and Lakers coming up on the schedule.

Up to this point the Sixers have enjoyed the second easiest schedule in the NBA, but following this weekend's games against the Pistons and Bobcats they face possibly their toughest six-game stretch of the season. Beginning January 30 and ending February 10, the Sixers will face the: Orlando Magic, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers. All but the Hawks game will be played at the Wells Fargo Center, but that doesn't take away from the fact that the Sixers will be facing seven teams with a combined record of 87-42.

For more Philadelphia 76ers coverage, visit our team page or our blog Liberty Ballers.

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