You could almost smell it from the Pistons sideline after the Philadelphia 76ers jumped on them early Friday, a game that looked like Detroit’s seventh straight loss.

Going down 19-4 against a team that had lost its last two games by a total of 47 points tends to evoke some kind of emotion and for the Pistons, it brought out the best from Josh Smith.

He led with his energy and his team actually followed suit, as the Pistons caught up to the 76ers, then ran past them in the fourth quarter, winning 114-104 at Wells Fargo Arena for their first win of 2014, and perhaps providing a blueprint for the future.

Smith did take 23 shots to score 22 points but filled up the scoresheet when nobody was doing much of anything, with 13 rebounds, seven assists, five blocks and four steals in 42 minutes, including challenging numerous dunk attempts.

It looked to be an embarrassment at first, as the 76ers capitalized on every Pistons turnover, getting out on the break with rookie Michael Carter-Williams making Brandon Jennings look as if he were running in quicksand. For a while, the 76ers actually were on pace to score 192 points.

“I was frustrated because we were on a six-game losing streak,” Smith said. “It was disheartening to see us not come out with desperate energy in order to get off this skid.”

The skid didn’t continue because Kyle Singler was all over the floor, Smith defended on the perimeter and Andre Drummond finally realized he’s nearly 7 foot tall with enormous leaping ability. Despite his numerous defensive lapses, he grabbed 12 rebounds and added six of the Pistons’ 14 blocked shots.

Singler scored 16 points with eight rebounds off the bench and three assists in 35 minutes, playing more minutes than Drummond and Greg Monroe.