Detroit at Philadelphia

Wallace scores 21 points, grabs 11 rebounds to power Pistons

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA --The Detroit Pistons had too much balance for a Philadelphia team without Allen Iverson.

Rasheed Wallace had 21 points and 11 rebounds, and the Pistons took advantage of Iverson's absence to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 97-87 on Tuesday night.

Tayshaun Prince added 25 points and Richard Hamilton scored 16 as Detroit (6-5) led all the way and won its third straight game. Chauncey Billups finished with 11 points and 11 assists.

"The best way to describe tonight," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said, "is that we pretty much grinded it out."

Iverson, who leads Philadelphia and is third in the NBA in scoring, missed the game after undergoing oral surgery to remove an abscessed wisdom tooth earlier in the day. His status for Wednesday night's game at Milwaukee is uncertain.

The Sixers were also without former All-Star Chris Webber because of a lower back injury.

"It was a good win for us, because without their two big stars it's easy to let your guard down," Billups said. "I thought we came in very aggressive and took control of the game. We pretty much controlled the game the entire way.

"We're starting to get better and that's all we can ask. Our effort is there every single night now, and we're picking up our defensive intensity."

Without Iverson, who leads the NBA in minutes per game (43.4) and is averaging 28.7 points, Philadelphia predictably struggled on offense. His replacement in the starting lineup, Willie Green, led the 76ers with a season-high 24 points while Andre Iguodala added 13. Samuel Dalembert was active inside with eight points and 15 rebounds.

"Willie was good," 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks said. "Driving the basketball was one of the things we stressed and he was certainly the guy that did it."

Still, it wasn't nearly enough. Philadelphia (4-6) shot just 40 percent from the field and missed nine first-half layups, losing for the sixth time in seven games.

After a tight first half, Detroit opened up some breathing room in the third quarter. Hamilton -- who had just four points at halftime -- hit a pair of 3-pointers and Antonio McDyess followed up his own missed free throw with a layup that gave the Pistons a 73-59 lead with 37 seconds left in the period.

Philadelphia made its final run early in the fourth quarter, as Rodney Carney's basket trimmed Detroit's lead to 78-72 with 8:45 left. But Prince followed with a pair of free throws, then drained a 3-pointer as the Pistons built their lead back to double digits, where it remained the rest of the way.

"We've got to use our energy more," Green said. "In order for us to win without Allen and Chris, we need to use our energy and get out and run more."

Notes

  • Phillies first baseman Ryan Howard presented the honorary tip-off before the game. Howard, who led the majors with 58 home runs and 149 RBIs, was selected National League MVP on Monday.
  • Detroit has now won nine of its last 10 against the 76ers, including four straight.
  • Philadelphia also was without Steven Hunter (right knee sprain).
  • 76ers forward Steven Smith made his NBA debut late in the fourth quarter. Smith played college basketball in Philadelphia at La Salle University.
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Kyle Korver and the 76ers shoot just 40 percent from the field and miss nine layups in the first half.  (AP)
Kyle Korver and the 76ers shoot just 40 percent from the field and miss nine layups in the first half. (AP)

Scoreboard
Detroit (6-5) «2422272497
Philadelphia (4-6) 1920222687
DET:T. Prince 25 Pts
DET:R. Wallace 11 Reb
DET:C. Billups 11 Ast
PHI:W. Green 24 Pts
PHI:S. Dalembert 15 Reb
PHI:A. Iguodala 5 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaDetroit

W. Green

T. Prince
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
24312546
Detroit
T. Prince, SF399-135-646025
R. Wallace, PF388-143-3112321
C. Billups, PG373-73-4311111
R. Hamilton, SG356-172-231216
N. Mohammed, C192-20-15044
L. Hunter, SG201-31-21234
A. McDyess, PF203-52-45108
R. Murray, SG132-70-02234
C. Delfino, PG111-30-02012
D. Davis, PF51-10-00002
R. Dupree, SF10-00-00010
J. Maxiell, PF10-00-00000
A. Johnson, PFDid Not Play
W. Blalock, PGDid Not Play
Totals 36-7216-2236251897
 50.0%72.7% 
Philadelphia
W. Green, SG4410-212-331324
A. Iguodala, SF404-93-445213
S. Dalembert, C324-90-015048
S. Randolph, PF272-65-69119
K. Ollie, PG243-65-501011
K. Korver, SF323-145-551113
A. Henderson, PF181-20-03142
R. Carney, SF143-60-02116
I. McFarlin, PF50-30-02100
B. Jones, SF20-01-21131
L. Williams, SG10-00-00100
S. Smith, SF10-00-00000
A. Iverson, PGDid Not Play
C. Webber, PFDid Not Play
S. Hunter, CDid Not Play
Totals 30-7621-2544141987
 39.5%84.0% 
Other Games
Mem 94 Final
Cle 97
Mil 88 Final
Ind 93
Mia 86 Final
NO 101
Wash 80 Final
Dal 107
Chi 109 Final
Den 113
LAC 101 Final
LAL 105