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 Mavericks.
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 Center.
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.DET PHI