By Dave Hart

Pistons 110, 76ers 97 – The Pistons overcome a slow offensive start to defeat the last place Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

LSJ Logo incertThe 76ers held Detroit to 12 first quarter points and maintained a lead throughout most of the night.

The Pistons closed out the game strong, outscoring Philadelphia 36-18 during the fourth quarter.

Reggie Jackson paced the Pistons with 27 points, while Andre Drummond posted another double-double with 25 points and 18 rebounds.

Stanley Johnson added 18 points off the Pistons’ bench.Eye on the D

The 76ers were led by Jerami Grant with 21 points, while Nerlens Nole added 20 points.

The Pistons are now 25-21 on the season, good for a sixth place tie in the Eastern Conference playoff race.

Detroit will remain home to host the Central Division leading Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

Record: 25-21

3rd Place in Central Division (8 games behind Cleveland)

Tied for 6th Place in Eastern Conference (8 games behind Cleveland)

2.5 games ahead of Charlotte for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 35

Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 46

Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 46

Next Game: 01/29/2016 vs. Cleveland Cavaliers 7:30 p.m. @ Palace of Auburn Hills

Stats: Reggie Jackson 27 points, Andre Drummond 25 points 18 rebounds, Stanley Johnson 18 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 14 points, Ersan Ilyasovsa 8 rebounds.