Tuesday , Feb , 24 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Philly has no “Answer” for Detroit’s Wallaces

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Ben Wallace tallied 12 points, 13
rebounds and six blocks to lead Detroit over Philadelphia, 76-66, in Larry
Brown’s second visit to the Wachovia Center since stepping down as Sixers’
coach after last season.

Richard Hamilton added 15 points for the Pistons, who snapped a two-game skid.
For the first time in three games since coming to Detroit, Brown defeated his
former team.

In another homecoming to Philadelphia, Rasheed Wallace, who grew up in the
city, recorded 10 points and 11 boards.

In his 200th consecutive start, Eric Snow netted 12 points and handed out nine
assists for the Sixers, who returned from their final West-Coast trip of the
season without their all-star.

Allen Iverson was forced to watch his 15th game of the season from bench with
a shoulder contusion he suffered on Thursday in a win at Seattle.

The game was knotted at 10-10, but the Pistons tallied nine unanswered points
and they led the rest of the way. Rasheed Wallace capped the burst to give
the Pistons a 19-10 advantage with 2:15 remaining in the opening quarter.

Detroit led 25-16 after 12 minutes before building their lead to 18 in the
second quarter. However, Philadelphia ended the final 4 1/2 minutes of the
half with a 12-2 spurt to trim the edge to 43-35 at the intermission.

“We were playing without AI (Iverson) and I thought our guys gave a legitimate
shot to win the game,” Philadelphia coach Chris Ford said.

The Pistons outshot the Sixers, 52 percent to 32 percent, in the first 24
minutes.

The beginning of the third quarter was tight, but the Pistons then posted 11
straight points to take a commanding lead. Richard Hamilton completed the run
via a jumper and the Pistons led 58-40 with 5:16 left in the stanza.

The Sixers would fight back, but once again could not get over the hump. A
12-3 spurt cut the deficit to 68-65 with just under five minutes to play, but
Detroit ended the contest by scoring eight of the final nine points.

The Pistons outshot the Sixers from the field, 41 percent to 30 percent, but
kept Philadelphia in the game by committing 22 turnovers.

The struggling Sixers fell to 13-15 at home this season, and have just four
wins in their last 15 games.

Kenny Thomas, who didn’t start the game for the Sixers, tallied 10 points and
18 rebounds. Thomas was being punished for arriving late to Philadelphia’s
pre-game shoot around.

“I am not perfect and I have to accept my responsibilities,” Thomas said about
the discipline taken against him. “He is the coach.”

The NBA Monday announced that the Pistons have been fined $200,000 for using
two ineligible players during their loss to Minnesota on February 20. Rasheed
Wallace and Mike James played in the first half of the contest despite the
certification of the trade not being officially signed.

Upon hearing the news at halftime that the February 19 trade involving
Detroit, Boston and Atlanta was not complete, coach Brown removed both players
from the game to avoid further complicating the situation.

DET PHI