Brandon Jennings rushed the ball upcourt after a Philadelphia 76ers score in the third quarter, quickly sizing up Evan Turner to unleash a 3-pointer with 21 seconds on the shot clock.

As the triple — his second straight in as many possessions—effortlessly swished through the net, Jennings hit three fingers to his temple while giving Turner an earful as the 76ers called a timeout.

Taking such risky shots —in theory — are a lot easier when you’re up 25 against a team you know you should easily beat. His words and body language had a little extra on it considering he threw a ball at Turner late in the first half, after the 76ers forward flicked the ball at Pistons rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.

It probably wasn’t the turning point, but the Pistons became a more focused bunch after that double-technical skirmish Saturday, taking an insurmountable lead on the 76ers in the third on their way to a 113-96 win at The Palace.

Caldwell-Pope scored 10 of his 12 points in the third, triggered by his usual strong defense that led to a 22-7 run.

“I thought he was pretty active on defense that allowed us to get into the open court,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “They sunk in, we made some threes. It opened up the game a little bit.”

Cheeks didn’t seem surprised by the slight altercation, pointing out he wants his team to be more aggressive, more physical and if it happens to agitate an opponent, so be it.

“Whether it was Jennings or Ken, we have to be more aggressive on both ends of the floor,” Cheeks said.

In front of owner Tom Gores, who sat courtside for more than half the game, it gave him a chance to see his team perform well on its home court, a rarity in the first half of the season. He threw T-shirts into the stands during a fourth-quarter timeout.

Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe took turns dominating inside early, giving the Pistons a double-digit lead but things never felt definitive until the third.

Monroe finished with 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Drummond registered yet another double-double with 22 points and 14 rebounds and Kyle Singler came off the bench to get 20 points and 10 rebounds, the first time since 1997 the Pistons had three 20-point, 10-rebound performers.

“Every game is important for us right now, whether it’s at home or on the road,”

In their last Palace meeting, 76ers coach Brett Brown employed the Hack-a-Dre strategy with his team trailing in the second half, leading to Drummond’s career 31-point, 19-rebound night. Brown would have no such strategy on this night.

The duo went nine for nine to start the first quarter, buoying the Pistons to a 32-22 lead despite every other Piston combining to shoot 3 for 16. Monroe nearly outrebounded the 76ers on his own in the first (7-6), leading to a predictable 58-44 rebounding edge, including 23 on the offensive glass.