Wednesday , Apr , 23 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons 105, Philadelphia 76ers 88 – Need4Sheed with the Recap


Detroit Pistons 105, Philadelphia 76ers 88 - Need4Sheed with the Recap

A very different Pistons team stepped on the floor in Auburn Hills Wednesday night. Detroit jumped out of the gates and never looked back evening up the series with the Sixers one all.  Forget about a single star in Detroit’s 105-88 victory.  Though Rip Hamilton led Detroit with 20 points, it was a balanced attack from the Pistons that started with them shooting 58% in the first quarter.

The Sixers led the game just once on their opening hoop with a score of 2-0, but the Pistons quickly went on a 8-0 run and never let up.  The win started with Detroit’s intensity on the defensive end limiting Andre Iguodala to just four points on 1-9 shooting.  Not only did Detroit hold the Sixers to 39.5% shooting from the field,  but they won the war of the board 42-34. 

 Five Pistons scored in double figures, including Antonio McDyess who put up a double-double with 12 boards and 16 points in 27 minutes on the floor.  McDyess almost couldn’t miss a shot and It couldn’t have been more evident than when he trailed a play in the second quarter.  MyDyess was held back on the other end of the floor to lace up a his shoe while his team was in their offensive set, he jogged down the floor, got a pass from Richard Hamilton and knocked down the shot without missing a step, even though he was just missing a shoe.

 This is the Detroit team everyone was expecting to see in game one. The Pistons dominated on both ends of the floor against a young talented Sixers team that just stole a game in their house.  It was a beyond focused team that didn’t let up on any play. They swarmed Philly on defense while making the right passes and knocking down shots on offense. Detroit put the Sixers away early, leading by as much as 28  points early in the third quarter. Detroit’s bench finished the game up allowing the starting five some time to rest until the series resumes in Philadelphia Friday night. 

 Notables:

Rasheed Wallace, Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups each scored 16 points for Detroit.

Detroit shot 55% on the night and had 26 assists.

Rookie Rodney Stuckey played well for Detroit scoring 12 points.

Louis Williams  led the Sixers with 17 points on 4-for-12 shooting.

Detroit’s starting five each shot at least 50 percent.


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