Billups and Pistons trump struggling Sixers
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess each
scored 18 points as Detroit rolled to a 101-91 victory over the struggling
Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each tallied 16 points for the Pistons, who
remained nine games in front of the Miami Heat for home-court advantage in the
Eastern Conference playoffs. The Heat defeated the Toronto Raptors on
Rasheed Wallace scored 14 points while Ben Wallace added 11 rebounds for
Allen Iverson led the Sixers with 28 points and five assists while battling
through foul trouble. Chris Webber scored 23 points, while Kyle Korver added
13 off the bench.
Philadelphia lost its third straight game and for the 10th time in its last
12 games. The Sixers’ lead for the eighth and final playoff spot in the
Eastern Conference dwindled to 1 1/2 games over the Chicago Bulls.
The Sixers managed to keep the game close well into the third quarter, getting
within two points several times, before Detroit got rolling at the end of the
period to take over the game.
After five straight points from Webber, including three straight from the
charity stripe, the Sixers trailed by three, 71-68, with 2:38 left in the
Hamilton then converted a reverse layup and set up Prince for a ferocious
alley-oop and the Pistons led by seven at the end of the quarter, 75-68.
McDyess then started the fourth quarter with a turnaround jumper and Lindsey
Hunter scored two straight baskets to make it 82-68 less than two minutes into
the final stanza.
Rasheed Wallace then drained a trey, completing a 14-0 run that gave Detroit a
17-point lead, 85-68, with 9:51 left to play.
The Sixers managed to get within nine after a 7-0 run, highlighted by a Korver
three, made the score 93-84 with 2:37 left to play.
After trading buckets, Billups and Prince knocked down back-to-back jumpers
with to give the Pistons a 13 point lead, 99-86, with 1:18 remaining.
The Pistons shot just 38 percent in the first half, but they collected 12
offensive rebounds and forced Philadelphia into nine turnovers to hold a six
point lead at the break, 51-45.
Hunter scored nine points in just 10 minutes of action for Detroit…Andre
Iguodala scored 10 points and collected seven rebounds for Philadelphia…The
Sixers shot 50.7 percent from the floor, but committed 19 turnovers…The
Pistons swept the season series with the Sixers, 3-0…Philadelphia is now 1-5
in its last six home games…Detroit outrebounded Philadelphia, 39-37.