Blake Griffin and Derrick Rose were available Monday night.
The result was the same for the Detroit Pistons.
And it was a former teammate doing significant damage in the Pistons’ fifth straight loss.
Former Piston Tobias Harris scored 35 points in leading the Philadelphia 76ers to a 125-109 victory at Little Caesars Arena.
After missing two straight games — he has missed 15 total — Griffin’s struggles continued this season, as he had eight points on 2-for-14 shooting.
Griffin’s frustrations grew as the game wore on.
After getting tangled with Harris — the main player in the 2018 trade that sent Griffin to the Pistons — both players were hit with technical fouls.
On the Pistons’ next possession, Griffin was fouled while driving to the basket.
Praying for the plus-one opportunity, he yelled, “Make a (expletive) shot, Blake” as the ball rolled off the rim.
The 76ers (22-10) controlled the game from the outset, fully taking control in the fourth quarter.
Furkan Korkmaz scored 21 points and Ben Simmons had a triple-double with 16 points, 13 rebounds and 17 assists.
Andre Drummond outplayed his tormentor, Joel Embiid, on the stat sheet.
Drummond, who didn’t start because he missed the morning shootaround, finished with 27 points and nine rebounds while Embiid scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds.
The Pistons were out-rebounded by 18 — the third straight game they have been out-rebounded by at least 15.
The Pistons’ average margin of defeat during the five-game skid is 15.2 points.
The Pistons (11-20) were missing Luke Kennard (knee) and Bruce Brown (calf).
The 76ers are a quick-starting team so Casey mentioned the first quarter as key.
“We’ve got to be very conscious of taking care of the ball, making sure we throw it to the same-colored jerseys,” Casey said. “There’s so many fundamental issues we’re fighting through with team — who’s playing, who’s not playing, who’s in, who’s out — that we have a lot to take care of.”
The Pistons still started slowly.
They committed five turnovers, which led to seven points for the 76ers, who also shot 50% in the quarter.
But Morris and Mykhailiuk were a combined 3-for-3 from 3-point range to keep the Pistons within shouting distance.
Harris’ 10 points paced the 76ers to a 30-23 lead.