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Pistons fall to 76ers

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Detroit Pistons' Rodney Stuckey (3) drives against Philadelphia 76ers' Jodie Meeks (20) in the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2012, in Auburn Hills, Mich. The 76ers defeated the Pistons 97-68. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Thaddeus Young scored 12 of his 20 points in a pivotal second quarter and Andre Iguodala had 12 points, six assists, and four steals to help the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Detroit Pistons 97-68 and snap a five-game losing streak.

Philadelphia coach Doug Collins left the bench between the third and fourth quarters, walking to the team's locker room, and didn't return because of flu-like symptoms.

The Sixers have been at their best against the Pistons, beating them twice at home by an average of 22 points and routing them in the first game for both teams after the All-Star break.

Philadelphia's Elton Brand scored 10 points, returning from a two-game absence because of a sprained right thumb.

The Sixers turned a two-point lead into a 16-point cushion at halftime by outscoring the Pistons 28-14 in the second quarter.

Detroit has lost three straight.

Greg Monroe scored 11 of his 20 points in the first quarter, when the Pistons trailed by just two, and Rodney Stuckey had 17 points.

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