Their arms were raised and high-fives were delivered.
There certainly was a lot to cheer about.
Seven players reached double figures, led by forward Josh Smith with 22 points, 13 rebounds and seven assists. Guard Brandon Jennings scored 19 points -- 18 in the second half -- including three 3-pointers in the third quarter. Forward Kyle Singler provided a huge lift off the bench with 16 points and eight rebounds.
The 76ers, meanwhile, continued to spiral in the wrong direction following a highly-successful 4-1 West Coast road trip.
This was the third consecutive loss for the 76ers, dropping them to 12-24.
Forward Thaddeus Young rebounded from a scoreless effort last Tuesday at Cleveland to pump in 22 points. Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams scored 21 points and guard Evan Turner added 19 points.
The 76ers never posed a serious threat the rest of the way.
NOTES: 76ers reserve F Lavoy Allen missed the game with a sore right calf. ... Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks returned to PHILADELPHIA as a visiting head coach for the first time. Cheeks spent three-and-a-half seasons on the Sixers' bench after coaching the Portland Trail Blazers from 2001 to 2005. ... 76ers G Tony Wroten returned to the team after missing the last two games with flu-like symptoms and a migraine. ... Rasheed Wallace, one of Detroit's assistant coaches for player development, was a star locally at Simon Gratz High School before going on to the University of North Carolina and a long career in the NBA from 1995-2013.