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Detroit at Memphis

Iverson nets 27 points to end Pistons' five-game skid

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Allen Iverson and the Detroit Pistons tightened up on defense to end their losing streak and prolong the agony of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Iverson scored 27 points and helped Detroit limit Memphis to just four shots in the final quarter on the way to an 87-79 victory over the Grizzlies on Monday, ending the Pistons' longest losing streak in five seasons.

Rasheed Wallace scored 11 of his 13 points in the second half to help bring Detroit's five-game skid to an end.

"I think that's what made our offense easy," Iverson said. "We were able to shut them down ... by helping each other on the defensive end. We just didn't leave a guy out there on an island. We helped each other a lot and we did a lot of talking on defense."

The Grizzlies, who lost their sixth straight and for the 14th time in 16 games, missed 10 of their final 12 shots. They didn't score after Mike Conley's driving layup with 2:56 left.

"You can't take anything away from those guys," Iverson said. "They missed some shots they can make. But we just got it done down the stretch. We did everything we needed to do."

Iverson and Wallace took over to score Detroit's final 10 points in the last five minutes after the Grizzlies tied the game at 77.

Wallace hit two free throws and Iverson followed with jump shots on consecutive possessions to make it 83-77. Wallace added two more free throws with 40 seconds left and Iverson made two more with 24 seconds to go for the final margin.

In the fourth quarter, the Grizzlies were 4-of-20 and didn't make a shot in the game's final 2:55.

O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay led the Grizzlies with 15 points apiece and rookie center Marc Gasol had 12 points and 13 rebounds.

"We got some good looks down the stretch, we just couldn't put it in the hole," Memphis coach Marc Iavaroni said. "We missed a couple of layups and wide-open shots here and there (and) Wallace was a good force inside on O.J. Mayo."

Memphis failed to score 90 points for the fifth time during its six-game losing streak, but started the second half as if it would end its struggles.

The Grizzlies had a 12-4 run late in the third quarter to take a 69-67 lead into the fourth. Memphis, which hadn't led since early in the second quarter, got a 3-pointer from Gay and a technical free throw from Mayo to tie the game at 65 with 1:56 left in the third quarter.

A high-flying dunk by Hakim Warrick tied the game again at 67 about a minute later and a 15-foot jumper by Darrell Arthur put the Grizzlies up two lead going into the fourth.

"We kind of collapsed at the end and they really picked it up," Gay said. "Allen picked it up and Rasheed really picked up his defense. Rasheed has been around. He's won championshihps and he knows what to do, especially in late-game situations."

Notes

  • Memphis scored only 17 points in the first quarter. The Grizzlies are 0-15 this season when they fail to score at least 20 in the opening period.
  • Mayo, the team's leading scorer at 19.4 points per game, did not attempt a shot in the second quarter.
  • >Detroit's Tayshaun Prince, who went 14-for-27 in the team's past two games, was 2-for-12.
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'We did everything we needed to do,' Allen Iverson says after scoring 27 points.  (Getty Images)
'We did everything we needed to do,' Allen Iverson says after scoring 27 points. (Getty Images)

Scoreboard
Detroit (23-17) «2023242087
Memphis (11-29) 1722301079
DET:A. Iverson 27 Pts
DET:A. McDyess 16 Reb
DET:R. Hamilton 6 Ast
MEM:R. Gay 15 Pts
MEM:M. Gasol 13 Reb
MEM:M. Conley 5 Ast
Players of the Game
MemphisDetroit

M. Gasol

A. Iverson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
121312752
Detroit
A. Iverson, SG4211-185-852127
R. Stuckey, SG397-120-024314
R. Wallace, PF344-124-482313
T. Prince, SF342-120-03014
R. Hamilton, SG337-120-016414
A. McDyess, PF253-32-416028
J. Maxiell, PF192-33-65027
K. Brown, C60-10-02010
W. Bynum, PG40-10-00400
A. Afflalo, SG40-10-00000
A. Acker, GDid Not Play
A. Johnson, SFDid Not Play
W. Herrmann, SFDid Not Play
W. Sharpe, PFDid Not Play
Totals 36-7514-2242181787
 48.0%63.6% 
Memphis
R. Gay, SG427-160-081215
M. Gasol, C384-94-6131412
O. Mayo, SG375-154-554315
M. Conley, PG324-52-235210
D. Arthur, PF173-92-23038
H. Warrick, PF336-140-0100312
K. Lowry, SG191-31-21423
M. Jaric, SF131-20-00002
D. Miles, SF81-40-02012
G. Buckner, SG20-00-00000
S. Francis, PGDid Not Play
Q. Ross, SFDid Not Play
D. Milicic, PFDid Not Play
H. Haddadi, CDid Not Play
Totals 32-7713-1745152079
 41.6%76.5% 
Other Games
Chi 98 Final
NY 102
Dal 95 Final
Phi 93
Tor 84 Final
Atl 87
Den 113 Final
Hou 115
SA 86 Final
Char 84
Ind 100 Final
NO 103
Min 94 Final
LAC 86
Wash 98 Final
GS 119
Pho 87 Final
Bos 104
Mil 85 Final
Port 102
Cle 88 Final
LAL 105