AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Doug Collins greeted Law-rence Frank with a handshake and a few words near midcourt.
Collins is on his way out as Philadelphia's coach, and Frank's future in Detroit is uncertain. That's what happens at the end of a disappointing season.
Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons made the most of their home finale by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 109-101 on Monday night. For both teams, the game was overshadowed by uncertainty off the court. Collins won't be back as Philadelphia's coach, and Pistons owner Tom Gores remained noncommittal before the game on the status of Frank, his coach, and Joe Dumars, his team president.
Collins didn't discuss his future before the game, but the Associated Press, ESPN and Yahoo! Sports, among other outlets, reported Sunday night that he has told the Sixers he will not return as coach next season.
"I like what this team is doing, and it is a fun group," Collins said. "I told them that it is supposed to be great weather in Indy (today), so we'll take the day off, enjoy ourselves and then get together for one last good game."
The Sixers led 54-51 at halftime Monday, but Detroit went on a 14-5 run near the end of the third quarter to open a double-digit lead.
Monroe's spinning three-point play with 10 minutes, 10 seconds to go in the fourth made it 89-75.
The 76ers trailed by only seven late in the game, but Will Bynum's 3-pointer from the left corner made it 106-96.
Dorell Wright had 22 points, eight rebounds and six assists for the 76ers.
"We were doing some good things and then we started dribbling a little too much," Collins said.