Prince powers Pistons past Philadelphia
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince ripped the 76ers for a
career-high 33 points, and the Detroit Pistons cruised past Philadelphia,
Richard Hamilton added 22 points for Detroit, and Ronald Murray scored 12
points and doled out 12 assists for the Pistons, who have won two of three
after dropping three straight.
Detroit has won five straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings against the
Samuel Dalembert scored 14 points and raked in 17 rebounds for Philadelphia,
which lost its third straight, and its fourth in five games. Willie Green
scored 16 points off the bench, and Joe Smith scored 13 points and grabbed 10
boards. Andre Iguodala scored 15 points and tallied seven assists in the loss
Hamilton and Prince buried the 76ers in the third quarter. Hamilton scored 12
points in the quarter, and Prince scored seven, including a three-pointer with
1:35 left and a layup with three seconds remaining that boosted the Detroit
lead to 80-64 entering the final 12 minutes.
Prince continued his personal onslaught into the fourth quarter, including a
dunk and a trey on consecutive possessions midway through that boosted
Detroit’s lead to 18 points. Prince’s three-pointer put the Pistons up 90-72
with 5:43 left, effectively salting away the win.
The Pistons scored six straight midway through the second quarter to open up a
12-point advantage. Two Murray free throws put Detroit up 36-24 with 7:36
remaining. Philadelphia did not fade quite so early, though, and baskets by
Andre Miller and Smith in the final two minutes brought the Sixers to within
47-44 at halftime.
Prince scored 10 points in the first quarter, including a three that put
Detroit up 24-18 with just over two minutes left, but the Sixers hung close,
and baskets by Miller and Dalembert sent Philadelphia into the second quarter
trailing by only two, at 24-22.
Miller tallied 10 assists to go along with his six points…Philadelphia
(9-24) fell behind idle Charlotte (9-23) for last place in the Eastern
Conference. Detroit hosts the Bobcats Wednesday night…Prince went 13-of-18
from the field.