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Philadelphia at Detroit

Pistons squeak by 76ers for fourth consecutive home victory

CBSSports.com wire reports
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit coach Flip Saunders summed up the Pistons' victory over Philadelphia perfectly.

"It was one of those games that was like going to the dentist," Saunders said. "It was like pulling teeth."

Tayshaun Prince scored 15 points, and Pistons made a key late defensive play to hold on for their fourth home victory in four games, an 83-78 decision Friday night.

Detroit missed several chances to put the Sixers away early in the fourth quarter and never shook them until the final seconds.

Philadelphia's Andre Iguodala hit a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 79-78 with less than 15 seconds to play, but Chauncey Billups made two free throws and the Pistons forced Iguodala into an awkward shot at the other end that missed the rim.

The rebound went to Prince, who cleared it to ensure Detroit's second consecutive win.

Iguodala had 17 points and six assists for the Sixers, who lost their second in a row. Reserve Louis Williams, one of just three Philadelphia players to leave the bench, added 15 points.

The Pistons scored the first six points of the second quarter to take the lead for good, but ended the half with a season-low 40 points and a two-point lead.

"They didn't play too well and I thought some of that was because of our defense," Iguodala said. "In the end, the ball just didn't roll our way."

Detroit had an 11-point lead midway through the final quarter.

"We tried to force them into mistakes, but they don't turn the ball over a lot," said Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks, whose team has 14 turnovers. "Overall, I thought our game was good. They made shots down the stretch because that's what they do."

Detroit forward Rasheed Wallace, nursing a sore knee since Nov. 11, missed the game and it showed on the boards, where the Sixers outrebounded the Pistons 47-36.

Jason Maxiell had 14 points, and Antonio McDyess 12 for Detroit, which also received 11 and nine assists from Billups.

Richard Hamilton, the Pistons' leading scorer, played with flu-like symptoms and was 4-for-16 from the floor and finished with 11 points, seven below his average. Given Hamilton's illness and Wallace's absence, Saunders made liberal use of his reserves, who combined for 20 points, 14 rebounds and six assists.

"I thought our bench was great," Billups said. "They took the game to another level for us when we came out in the first and second quarter."

Philadelphia's Andre Miller scored 14 points, Willie Green added 11 and Reggie Evans had 10 rebounds.

Notes

  • X-rays of Wallace's knee Friday revealed no structural damage.
  • Sixers F Kyle Korver missed his third consecutive game because of a groin strain.
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Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) extends to tip a rebound to Chauncey Billups. (AP)
Pistons forward Jason Maxiell (54) extends to tip a rebound to Chauncey Billups. (AP)

Scoreboard
Philadelphia (3-8) 1721162478
Detroit (8-4) «1723241983
PHI:A. Iguodala 17 Pts
PHI:R. Evans 10 Reb
PHI:A. Iguodala 6 Ast
DET:T. Prince 15 Pts
DET:N. Mohammed 9 Reb
DET:C. Billups 9 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitPhiladelphia

T. Prince

L. Williams
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
15741554
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SF404-177-976017
R. Evans, PF392-53-310157
A. Miller, PG376-142-462314
S. Dalembert, C324-62-470310
W. Green, SG285-122-330213
L. Williams, SG315-105-654215
J. Smith, PF241-50-06002
T. Young, SF90-00-03010
K. Ollie, PGDid Not Play
C. Booth, CDid Not Play
K. Korver, SFDid Not Play
S. Randolph, PFDid Not Play
R. Carney, SFDid Not Play
L. Amundson, PFDid Not Play
H. Hill, PFDid Not Play
Totals 27-6921-2947131678
 39.1%72.4% 
Detroit
C. Billups, PG333-95-629311
A. McDyess, PF336-120-074412
T. Prince, SF336-121-274215
J. Maxiell, PF326-112-361414
R. Hamilton, SG294-163-300211
N. Mohammed, C242-52-49016
A. Afflalo, SG194-80-00228
J. Hayes, SF160-30-03040
R. Murray, PG152-50-01404
A. Johnson, SF61-10-01002
L. Hunter, SGDid Not Play
R. Wallace, PFDid Not Play
R. Dupree, SFDid Not Play
C. Samb, CDid Not Play
R. Stuckey, SGDid Not Play
Totals 34-8213-1836242283
 41.5%72.2% 
Other Games
Char 92 Final
Orl 105
GS 123 Final
Wash 115
LAL 94 Final
Bos 107
Dal 107 Final
Ind 111
Hou 91 Final
Mia 98
Mem 88 Final
SA 101
Min 93 Final
Den 99
LAC 94 Final
Pho 113
NO 71 Final
Utah 99
Sac 84 Final
Port 87
NJ 98 Final
Sea 93