Their arms were raised and high-fives were delivered.
There certainly was a lot to cheer about.
Not only did the Pistons improve to 15-22, they snapped a maddening six-game losing streak.
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 game was tight throughout the second half before the Pistons pulled away down the stretch.
Jennings' fourth triple with 3:21 remaining gave the Pistons a 105-98 lead.
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.