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Heat on Brown after 76ers thrashing

By Chris Pike
11 February 2014 11:34PM EST

DETROIT upset San Antonio on Monday in its first game since the firing of Maurice Cheeks with Brett Brown the next coach under pressure after a second straight 40-point plus thrashing for Philadelphia.

There were six matches in the NBA on Monday night with Indiana hammering Denver 119-80, Toronto beating New Orleans 108-101, Detroit defeating San Antonio 109-100, Boston thrashing Milwaukee 102-86, Houston thumping Minnesota 107-89 and Golden State annihilating Philadelphia 123-80.

Indiana bounced back from a surprise upset loss at the hands of Orlando on Sunday in emphatic style at home on Monday hammering a hapless Denver by 39 points while scoring a season-high 119 points in the process.

Power forward David West led the way for the Pacers with 25 points while Roy Hibbert added 14 points, 12 rebounds and four blocked shots.

Paul George also finished with 12 points, five rebounds and four assists with Lance Stephenson contributing 12 points, Luis Scola 11 and George Hill 10 to go with seven rebounds and five assists.

Wilson Chandler top-scored for Denver with 17 points with JJ Hickson adding 12 points and Jordan Hamilton 11.

Toronto returned to the winner's list to maintain third spot in the eastern conference standings with a seven-point win at home over New Orleans.

Patrick Patterson moved into the starting line-up for the Raptors and finished with 22 points and six rebounds while DeMar DeRozan contributed 22 points.

Point guard Kyle Lowry also finished with 19 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds with Terrence Ross scoring 14 points and Tyler Hansborough 12.

Tyreke Evans top-scored for the Pelicans with 23 points, 10 assists and five rebounds off the bench with Anthony Davis contributing 19 points, Brian Roberts 18 and Eric Gordon 10.

The sacking of a coach again worked its charm on Monday with Detroit pulling out a strong win at home over San Antonio just a day after the firing of Maurice Cheeks after just 50 games in charge.

Assistant coach John Loyer took over for his first game in charge of the Pistons and led them to a nine-point victory on the back of 21 points and six assists from point guard Brandon Jennings.

Rodney Stuckey added 20 points off the bench for Detroit while Greg Monroe finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds, Andre Drummond 14 points and nine boards, Josh Smith 12 points and six rebounds, and Kyle Singler 10 points and six boards.

Marco Belinelli top-scored for the Spurs off the bench with 20 points with Boris Diaw contributing 12 points, Cory Joseph 11, Tony Parker 11 and Tim Duncan 11 to go with eight rebounds and four assists.

Australian guard Patty Mills finished with six points on the back of 3-of-6 shooting from the field.

Boston continued its improved form and Milwaukee continued its horrible performances with the Celtics cruising to a 16-point victory on the road on Monday night.

The win means that the Celtics have now won four of their last five games to improve to 19-34 record on the season while the Bucks lost their third straight match to remain the only NBA team with fewer than 10 victories at a disastrous 9-42.

Jeff Green was the star of the night for the Celtics finishing with 29 points with Kelly Olynyk finishing with 14 points, Phil Pressey 13, Jared Sullinger 13 and Brandon Bass 12.

Point guard Brandon Knight did all he could for the Bucks with 22 points, five rebounds and four assists with Gary Neal contributing 17 points and John Henson 16.

Houston won its sixth straight game and sent Minnesota to a fourth consecutive defeat with the Rockets cruising to an 18-point victory on the road on Monday night.

Chandler Parsons top-scored for the Rockets with 20 points to go with his six assists while James Harden finished with 19 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Dwight Howard contributed 18 points, 15 rebounds and three blocked shots while Terrence Jones finished with 14 points and Patrick Beverly 14.

Kevin Love did all he could for the Timberwolves with 31 points and 10 rebounds while Chase Budinger finished with 15 points, Alexey Shved 11 and Luc Mbah a Moute 10.

Golden State then bounced back from a disappointing loss to Phoenix to annihilate Philadelphia in Oakland on Monday night by a massive 43 points.

It is the second straight game that the 76ers have lost by 40 or more points and it's just the second time that has happened in NBA history.

The first time was also done by a Sixers team back in April 1994 when they lost to the Knicks by 48 points and then to the Pacers by 45.

While nobody expected this Philadelphia team under coach Brett Brown to be a playoff contender this season as it rebuilds, 40-plus point losses won't be tolerated too often and Brown will have to quickly turn things around or face the prospect of joining Cheeks on the coaching scrap heap.

Brown is in his first season in charge of the 76ers after doing a long apprenticeship under Gregg Popovich at the San Antonio Spurs while also being in charge of the Australian Boomers national team on the back of starting his career in the NBL with the North Melbourne Giants and Sydney Kings.

The Warriors improved to a 31-21 record with the victory to remain in seventh spot in the western conference with Marreese Speights the star off the bench with a career-high 32 points to go with eight rebounds and three blocked shots.

Point guard Steph Curry contributed 23 points and eight assists while David Lee added 13 points and 13 rebounds, Draymond Green 11 points and 11 rebounds, Andre Iguodala 11 points, seven boards and six assists, and Harrison Barnes 11 points.

Rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams top-scored with 24 points for Philadelphia with Evan Turner adding 12 points and Thaddeus Young 12.

NBA Results Monday February 10
Denver Nuggets (24-26) 80 lost to Indiana Pacers (40-11) 119
New Orleans Pelicans (22-29) 101 lost to Toronto Raptors (27-24) 108
San Antonio Spurs (37-15) 100 lost to Detroit Pistons (22-29) 109
Boston Celtics (19-34) 102 defeated Milwaukee Bucks (9-42) 86
Houston Rockets (35-17) 107 defeated Minnesota Timberwolves (24-28) 89
Philadelphia 76ers (15-38) 80 lost to Golden State Warriors (31-21) 123

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