Singler leads surging Pistons to win
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Stan Van Gundy is not going to brag about his Detroit Pistons being 16-25 midway through the season.
Considering they were 5-23 at one point, though, he knows it could be a lot worse.
"I told our guys that we're still only 16-25, and that's a long way from worrying about making the playoffs," the coach said. "That's just a distraction anyway. We need to be thinking about stopping the pick-and-roll, finding a way to make shots and finding a way to finish games.
"If we do all those things, the wins and the standings will take care of themselves."
Saturday night's 107-89 rout of the Philadelphia 76ers finished off an impressive 12-day stretch for the Pistons, who went 6-2 despite practicing only once in almost two weeks.
"We gave the guys three days completely off, just to keep physical fatigue from becoming too much of an issue," Van Gundy said. "But there's still the mental strength you need to get yourself ready to play night after night and put forth a big effort. It is big for a young team to be able to prove to itself that it can handle a stretch like this."
Medford’s Kyle Singler shot 6 of 8 on 3-pointers in a 20-point performance, and Greg Monroe finished with 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons won for the 11th time in 13 games and improved to 6-15 at home.
Six players scored in double figures for Detroit, and Andre Drummond grabbed 15 rebounds.
"We played with great energy from the beginning of the game," Monroe said. "The ball was moving, and our guys were hot from behind the arc. We just have to continue to come out with that effort."
Michael Carter-Williams had 15 points for Philadelphia (8-32), but only one other starter reached double figures. Henry Sims contributed 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench.
HAWKS 107, BULLS 99: At Chicago, Kyle Korver made a season-high seven 3-pointers on his way to 24 points, and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Chicago Bulls for their 12th straight victory.
Al Horford added 22 points and nine rebounds as the Hawks matched the second-longest win streak in franchise history. Paul Millsap scored 16 and Jeff Teague had 17 points and 11 assists.
Derrick Rose had 23 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds for Chicago (27-15), which has dropped five of seven. Pau Gasol had 22 points and 15 rebounds.
WARRIORS 131, ROCKETS 106: At Houston, Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson scored 27 points each, and Golden State used a huge third quarter to roll past Houston.
Golden State bounced back from a loss to Oklahoma City on Friday night that snapped an eight-game winning streak.
Dwight Howard, who missed the first two games against the Warriors this season, led Houston with 23 points and 10 rebounds on a night when NBA leading scorer James Harden scored just 11.
WIZARDS 99, NETS 90: At New York, Nene scored 20 points, three other Washington big men were in double figures, and the Wizards beat Brooklyn to split their home-and-home series.
Overpowered by Brook Lopez on Friday in Washington, the Wizards bounced back behind 10 points and 16 rebounds from Marcin Gortat, and strong bench efforts from Kris Humphries (13 points) and Kevin Seraphin (12).
Jarrett Jack had 22 points and eight assists for the Nets, who snapped a seven-game losing streak with their 102-80 victory Friday.
HORNETS 80, PACERS 71, OT: At Charlotte, N.C., Gerald Henderson had 20 points and Charlotte defeated Indiana in overtime despite playing without its top two scorers.
The Hornets outscored the Pacers 12-3 in the extra period to hand Indiana its fourth straight loss. Charlotte was missing injured Kemba Walker and Al Jefferson.
David West had 19 points for the Pacers, who were 1 of 9 from the field in overtime.
TIMBERWOLVES 113, NUGGETS 105: At Denver, Andrew Wiggins scored a career-high 31 points and Robbie Hummel had two big tip-in baskets in the fourth quarter, helping the Minnesota Timberwolves prevail.
The rookie out of Kansas was 11 of 17 from the floor, including four 3-pointers, as Minnesota improved to 4-16 on the road this season.
Ty Lawson led Denver with 22 points. The Nuggets lost the night before in Dallas to snap a five-game win streak.
CLIPPERS 117, KINGS 108: At Sacramento, Calif., Blake Griffin scored 18 of his 30 points in the second half, Matt Barnes had 26 points and the Los Angeles Clippers pulled away in the third quarter.
Chris Paul added 12 points and nine assists, J.J. Redick had 18 points and Jamal Crawford scored 13 off the bench for the Clippers, who bounced back from a sluggish first half to win for the fourth straight time at Sleep Train Arena.
Jason Thompson had 23 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the Kings, who have dropped three straight. Sacramento played without leading scorer and rebounder DeMarcus Cousins.