Detroit Pistons-Philadelphia 76ers Game Four Recap from Need4Sheed
A tale of two halfs, that’s what it all boils down to in Detroit’s 93-84 win to even up their series with the Sixers 2-2. The Sixers came out strong controlling the tempo and having their way with Detroit. It looked like a mirror image of game three and Detroit looked like they were on their way to going down 3-1 in the series to the seventh seed Sixers. However things changed after halftime.
Detroit down 10 at the half and came out of the locker room a whole different team. The Pistons poured in the first 11 points of the half to take the lead and get back on track. From then on it was a whole new ball game, literally. Wallace and Billups were hitting threes, Rip Hamilton was knocking shots down and Tayshaun Prince hit 11 of his 12 shots on the night to lead the Pistons with 23 points. The Pistons third quarter surge when they outscored the Sixers 34-16 took away any sort flow in the game that Philly had established.
By no means it this series over, Detroit has to protect home court against a Philadelphia team that knows how to win in their building. As the Pistons are aware, the Sixers have the talent to run with them and roll over them. Game 5 is set for The Palace of Auburn Hills Tuesday night.
· Antonio McDyess came off the bench after having surgery back in Detroit Saturday for a broken nose, Jason Maxiell started in his place. McDyess, mask and all, was a spark plug for Detroit in the first half finishing with 10 points in 20 minutes.
· 6 Sixers in double figures.
· Billups, who struggled with his shot in the first half, finished with 18 points on 4-for-16 shooting and controlled the tempo in the second half.
· Thaddeus Young led the Sixers with 15 points and 9 boards.
· The Pistons held the Sixers without a basket for the first three minutes of fourth quarter.
· Richard Hamilton scored 10 consecutive points for Detroit in the fourth.
· 10 turnovers for the Pistons in the first half, only four more the rest of the game.
· Rasheed Wallace was called for a technical foul.
· The Sixers shot 46% on the night to Detroit’s 42%.
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