Pistons beat shorthanded Sixers
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince netted a game-high 25
points and Rasheed Wallace poured in 21 to lead Detroit to a 97-87 victory
over the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers at the Wachovia Center.
Prince finished 9-of-13 from the floor and Wallace shot 8-of-14 while
grabbing 11 rebounds.
Allen Iverson, who leads the Sixers in scoring and assists, missed the game
after having surgery to remove an abscessed wisdom tooth. Chris Webber also
sat out for the second straight game with stiffness in his back.
Richard Hamilton had 16 points and Chauncey Billups added 11 and dished out 11
assists for the Pistons, who have won four straight against Philadelphia.
Detroit shot 50 percent from the field.
Willie Green scored a career-high 24 points on 10-of-21 shooting and Andre
Iguodala and Kyle Korver contributed 13 apiece for the Sixers, who have
dropped three in a row and six of their last seven games. Kevin Ollie had 11
points and Samuel Dalembert pulled down 15 boards in the loss.
Detroit opened the contest with an 11-4 spurt, capped by Prince’s running
dunk. The Sixers kept it close and got within two, 17-15 on a Shavlik Randolph
free throw with 3:10 remaining, but Wallace’s three and layups by Hamilton and
Prince put the Pistons up by five after one.
A pair of free throws by Hamilton gave the Pistons a nine-point edge late in
the second, Detroit maintained its lead and closed out the half with a 46-39
advantage. Prince finished with 10 points in the first half while Iguodala,
Korver and Randolph each had eight for the Sixers.
The Pistons went on a 13-4 run in the last five minutes of third to go up by
12. Prince had four points while Antonio McDyess hit two free throws and a
layup to finish up the quarter.
Philadelphia could only get as close as six, 78-72 with 8:48 left in the
fourth, but Detroit followed by scoring eight consecutive points with the help
of Wallace’s two jumpers. From there, the Sixers were never able to overcome
the double-digit deficit.
Philadelphia finished 39.5 percent (30-for-76) shooting.
The Pistons have won nine of the last 10 meetings…Detroit improved to 3-3 on
the road this season…Randolph finished with nine points and nine
rebounds…Dalembert scored eight points…Both teams shot 43 percent from
three-point range…Philadelphia travels to Milwaukee on Wednesday, while
Detroit hosts Atlanta.