Sunday , Apr , 24 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons roll to 21-point win over Philly

=== Pistons roll to 21-point win over Philly ===

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace scored 16 of his 29 points
in the third quarter, as Detroit overcame an early 16-point deficit for a
106-85 win over Philadelphia in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference
quarterfinals.

Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and Richard Hamilton added 17 for the second-
seeded Pistons, who lead the best-of-seven series 1-0 with Game 2 slated for
Tuesday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

“Early on, they [Sixers] got off to a great start,” Prince said. “Once we got
patient we got some looks at the basket and put them away.”

Allen Iverson, fresh off his fourth scoring title, paced the 76ers with a
game-high 30 points and 10 assists. Chris Webber added 27 points, while Samuel
Dalembert chipped in 10 points and 18 rebounds for seventh-seeded
Philadelphia.

After the Sixers went ahead by many as 16 points early in the game, Detroit
regained its championship form and took its first lead at 37-36 on Prince’s
three-pointer with five minutes left before halftime. Philly continued to fall
apart and trailed 48-42 on Hamilton’s three from the right corner. The Pistons
then carried a 48-46 lead into the locker room.

Iverson led all scorers at halftime with 14 points, while Antonio McDyess
paced the Pistons with 13. Webber added 12 points for the Sixers and Prince
netted 11 at the break for Detroit.

“He killed us,” Iverson said of McDyess. “It seemed like it was all from the
same spot on the floor. They kept running the same play and got him into a
rhythm.”

Hamilton’s basket early in the third quarter staked Detroit to a 59-49 lead,
but the Sixers stormed back and pulled within 62-59 on an Iverson layup. The
Pistons then pulled away and led 80-70 after three quarters of action. Wallace
netted 16 points in the deciding period.

Wallace buried back-to-back three-pointers midway through the fourth quarter
and the Pistons owned a 94-79 advantage. The game was already decided by then
and the Sixers suffered the 21-point defeat. Wallace ended 4-of-7 from beyond
the arc.

“A loss is a loss, one point or 21 points,” Iverson added. “I don’t care about
that. We came in here trying to steal a game, and we didn’t get it done.
We’ve got another opportunity Tuesday.”

Detroit outrebounded the Sixers by a commanding 48-35 margin and will aim for
a 2-0 stranglehold in the series on Tuesday.

“Everybody has to be together in this,” Prince added.

The 76ers raced out to a 6-0 lead and later made it 12-6 on an Iverson jumper
four minutes into the contest. With 4:11 to go in the first quarter, Andre
Iguodala sank 1-of-2 free throws for a 20-10 cushion. He later threw down a
two-handed jam and the Sixers led, 26-10. Philadelphia had a 28-16 lead after
the opening quarter.

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