SUDDENLY, THE 76ers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA.
OK, they are 2-18, but their two wins have come in their last three games.
The Sixers won at Detroit on Saturday night, 108-101, in overtime at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both of the Sixers' victories have come on the road, the first coming at Minnesota on Wednesday that snapped a 17-game losing streak to start the season. While the Pistons rested on Friday, the Sixers were losing at home to Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant, 103-91.
Beating the Pistons isn't like knocking off an NBA powerhouse. Detroit is 3-17 and, with yesterday's loss to the Thunder, has lost its last 12 games. The franchise record for most consecutive losses is 14.
Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams was two rebounds short of a triple-double. He finished with 20 points, 15 assists, eight rebounds, three steals and two blocked shots. He also had seven turnovers. Robert Covington came off the bench and led the Sixers with 25 points. Luc Mbah a Moute had a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
"It is huge for these guys to be able to close out a tough game on the road like that," Sixers coach Brett Brown said after the game. "I'm proud of the way they hung together through that streak and now they are getting some rewards."
Detroit missed its first 11 shots in overtime.