Webber, Pistons host Sixers
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons try to get back on the winning
track tonight when they close out a brief two-game homestand versus the
Philadelphia 76ers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Detroit, which leads both the Eastern Conference and Central Division by 1 1/2
games over Cleveland, had its five-game winning streak halted with Sunday’s
92-88 home setback to the Dallas Mavericks.
Ronald Murray scored a team-high 18 points and dished out six assists for
Detroit, which fell to 19-13 at The Palace this season. Antonio McDyess had 17
points, Richard Hamilton and Rasheed Wallace had 13 points apiece and Tayshaun
Prince added 12 for the Pistons.
Chris Webber netted 10 points for Detroit on Sunday, and will compete against
the Sixers for the first time since they bought out his contract in early
January. Webber was limited to 18 games with the Sixers this season because of
ankle and foot injuries and averaged 11 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists.
Philadelphia acquired the veteran forward from Sacramento in February of the
2004-05 campaign, but the idea of Webber and Allen Iverson together never
worked out. Iverson was traded to Denver right before Webber was waived.
On the injury front for the Pistons, Hamilton (eye) is probable for Tuesday’s
game against Philadelphia, while point guard Chauncey Billups (groin) is
listed as questionable. Billups did not play in Sunday’s loss versus the
The Sixers have dropped three of their last four games since a season-high
seven-game winning streak. On Sunday the 76ers were blown out by the Houston
Rockets, 124-74, in the finale of a three-game homestand at the Wachovia
Kyle Korver came off the bench and had 17 points for the sluggish 76ers, who
are five games off the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. Samuel
Dalembert and Louis Williams each had 12 points for Philadelphia.
The Sixers will now hit the road where they are just 9-24 this season.
Tuesday’s game between Philly and Detroit is the third of four meetings this
season. The Pistons are 2-0 so far in the series and will host Philadelphia
again on April 15.
Detroit has won five straight and 10 of the last 11 meetings. Philadelphia has
lost four straight and five of its last six trips to the Motor City.