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Philadelphia at Detroit

Marshall cans 3-pointer to lift Brand-less Sixers past Pistons

CBSSports.com wire reports
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Donyell Marshall hadn't exactly been a key part of the Philadelphia 76ers this season.

Before Friday night, he hadn't played in the 76ers' last nine games, and he only saw two minutes of action in the first three quarters against Detroit.

The 14-year veteran changed things in the fourth, scoring eight points, including a go-ahead 3-pointer with 35 seconds left to help the 76ers overcame a 15-point second-half deficit to beat the Pistons 96-91.

Marshall was only active because Philadelphia was missing scoring leader Elton Brand, who strained his hamstring Wednesday night in a loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

"My job is to come in and work hard in practice, and when my name's called, I'm ready to go," said Marshall, who had only played 20 minutes all season. "I stumbled a couple times, even when I was open, but I was able to get my feet set at the end."

Andre Miller led the 76ers with 19 points, and Louis Williams had 16, including 14 during the fourth-quarter rally.

"When you're down, you try to create a spark off the bench," Williams said. "We were playing with a lot of energy, we created some stops and that's how we got the win. It is a big win for us."

Richard Hamilton had 19 for Detroit, and Allen Iverson finished with 17.

"We played three good quarters, but the fourth quarter is winning time and we didn't play well in the fourth," Iverson said. "I definitely want to win against that team, because I played with those guys for so long, but the reason this one hurts is because this game should have never come down to the end."

The 76ers trailed by as many as 15, but pulled ahead 82-81 on Marshall's jumper with 2:50 left. Detroit scored the next four points, but Williams picked off Iverson's pass and hit two free throws to put Philadelphia back in front with 55 seconds left.

"I was looking for someone on the perimeter and Lou Williams just made a great play," Iverson said.

Rodney Stuckey's 17-foot jumper restored Detroit's one-point advantage, but Marshall answered with a 3-pointer to make it 91-89.

"When we got up by two, it really lifted the guys, because it got us over that one-point hump," Marshall said. "This is huge."

Iverson missed at the other end, Rasheed Wallace's tip-in bounced off the rim, and Williams hit five free throws in the final seconds.

"I don't know why we don't have good concentration at home, but I didn't think we were as locked in as a team should be when they are up 15 at home," said Detroit coach Michael Curry. "We just didn't take care of the game."

Notes

  • Detroit's Jason Maxiell picked up a technical foul for elbowing Reggie Evans in the ribs in the fourth quarter.
  • Wallace was 0-for-2 from the floor in the first three quarters, despite playing 21 minutes.
  • Sixers rookie Marreese Speights made his first career start in place of Brand.
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Donyell Marshall celebrates his crucial 3-pointer with Andre Iguodala as the Sixers prevail.  (Getty Images)
Donyell Marshall celebrates his crucial 3-pointer with Andre Iguodala as the Sixers prevail. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Philadelphia (9-11) «1919203896
Detroit (11-7) 2523192491
PHI:A. Miller 19 Pts
PHI:A. Iguodala 8 Reb
PHI:A. Iguodala 5 Ast
DET:R. Hamilton 19 Pts
DET:R. Wallace 8 Reb
DET:A. Iverson 7 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitPhiladelphia

A. Iverson

A. Miller
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
17371963
Philadelphia
A. Iguodala, SF375-113-385214
A. Miller, PG365-89-1063219
T. Young, SF324-81-13229
M. Speights, PF234-110-06138
S. Dalembert, C192-20-01034
W. Green, SG234-111-22329
L. Williams, SG224-78-943316
T. Ratliff, C181-40-05112
D. Marshall, PF143-60-03028
R. Evans, PF132-43-42117
R. Ivey, PG40-20-00010
E. Brand, PFDid Not Play
K. Rush, SGDid Not Play
J. Smith, PFDid Not Play
Totals 34-7425-2940192296
 45.9%86.2% 
Detroit
A. Iverson, SG406-145-637117
R. Hamilton, SG368-152-241019
T. Prince, SF355-132-242312
R. Wallace, PF332-72-28137
K. Brown, C203-41-38027
R. Stuckey, SG266-104-446516
A. Afflalo, SG180-11-24131
A. Johnson, SF162-50-03024
J. Maxiell, PF164-60-00048
A. Acker, GDid Not Play
W. Bynum, PGDid Not Play
W. Herrmann, SFDid Not Play
W. Sharpe, PFDid Not Play
Totals 36-7517-2138182391
 48.0%81.0% 
Other Games
LAL 106 Final
Wash 104
OKC 89 Final
Orl 98
NY 95 Final
Atl 98
Ind 73 Final
Cle 97
Min 84 Final
NJ 113
Port 78 Final
Bos 93
LAC 81 Final
Mem 93
GS 112 Final
Hou 131
Char 96 Final
Mil 101
Tor 87 Final
Utah 114