Detroit at Philadelphia

Pistons 124, 76ers 103

CBSSports.com wire reports
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PHILADELPHIA -- Charlie Villanueva missed the team's charter flight to Philadelphia.

He couldn't miss once the game started.

Villanueva scored 25 points, Rodney Stuckey added 24 and the short-handed Detroit Pistons snapped an 11-game losing streak with a 124-103 victory over the 76ers on Tuesday night.

"It's been a rough year for me," said Villanueva, who was 8 for 11 from the field, including 4 of 6 from 3-point territory. "But I never lose confidence in myself. It's just been one of those years. I'm not making excuses."

Ben Wallace added a season-high 18 points, Tayshaun Prince had 14 and Ben Gordon 13 for the Pistons (24-53), who won for only the eighth time on the road this season.

Jonas Jerebko added 11 points and Will Bynum had 10 as the Pistons shot a season-high 63 percent from the field. They also shattered their season high for points, eclipsing the 110 they had reached three times.

Detroit halted a double-digit losing skid for the second time in 2009-10. The Pistons dropped 13 in a row from Dec. 15 to Jan. 11.

"Our guys made a conscious effort to play defense," Pistons coach John Kuester said.

Marreese Speights scored 21 points and Jodie Meeks 19 for the struggling Sixers, who have lost four straight. Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams had 12 apiece, while Jrue Holiday added 11.

"Too bad there's not a Phillies game or another [Donovan] McNabb trade to keep you guys occupied," Sixers coach Eddie Jordan said. "It was just a poor performance and no excuse."

Jordan limited the minutes for several of his starters, including Elton Brand and Samuel Dalembert. Brand had a subpar game again with two rebounds in 12 minutes. In last Saturday's 128-123 overtime loss to Toronto, Brand went without a rebound for the first time in 713 career games.

Dalembert (12 minutes) and Brand were criticized for their effort and defense by Jordan after the game.

"He's the coach and he's the boss," Dalembert said. "He's not happy and we're not happy. I'm out there trying hard and hustling. I don't have a problem with the coach."

Detroit built an 18-point advantage in the fourth quarter when Jerebko's layup pushed it to 104-86.

The Sixers never got the deficit under 10 the rest of the way.

The Pistons were already depleted with injuries to guard Richard Hamilton along with forwards Jason Maxiell and Chris Wilcox. Then Stuckey limped off the court with 5:11 remaining in the third quarter after crashing to the court following a driving layup.

Stuckey -- who was elbowed in the left rib -- hit the free throw, left for the locker room and was replaced by Gordon. Stuckey returned at the start of the fourth.

In addition to Villanueva, forward Austin Daye missed Detroit's charter flight. They took commercial flights and arrived at the game in time. Both players initially came off the bench in the first half.

"It's great to get a win," Villanueva said. "I haven't seen a locker room like this in a while. Guys are actually smiling."

The Sixers shot 60 percent from the field in the first half while Detroit was close behind at 56 percent. The teams went into halftime tied at 61.

Notes

Sixers guard Rodney Carney (right big toe) and forward Thaddeus Young (broken right thumb) were inactive. ... The Pistons shot 68 percent from the field in the first quarter. ... Detroit committed only 10 turnovers.

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Scoreboard
Detroit (24-53) «34273033124
Philadelphia (26-51) 30311923103
DET:C. Villanueva 25 Pts
DET:A. Daye 9 Reb
DET:W. Bynum 6 Ast
PHI:M. Speights 21 Pts
PHI:M. Speights 6 Reb
PHI:J. Holiday 9 Ast
Players of the Game
PhiladelphiaDetroit

M. Speights

R. Stuckey
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
21622425
Detroit
J. Jerebko, SF385-71-254411
R. Stuckey, PG379-176-925324
W. Bynum, PG343-64-616210
T. Prince, SF285-82-274214
B. Wallace, C258-102-263218
B. Gordon, SG266-100-002213
A. Daye, SF233-62-29009
C. Villanueva, PF238-115-631225
D. Summers, SF60-00-00210
C. Atkins, PGDid Not Play
R. Hamilton, SGDid Not Play
K. Brown, CDid Not Play
J. Maxiell, PFDid Not Play
C. Wilcox, CDid Not Play
Totals 47-7522-29332718124
 62.7%75.9% 
Philadelphia
J. Kapono, SG384-90-02649
A. Iguodala, SG282-68-835112
J. Smith, PF272-50-04014
E. Brand, PF133-40-02026
S. Dalembert, C132-40-04004
M. Speights, PF327-137-862421
J. Holiday, PG325-100-019411
J. Meeks, SG298-111-343119
L. Williams, SG234-93-403112
W. Green, SG52-30-00015
F. Elson, CDid Not Play
R. Carney, SFDid Not Play
T. Young, SFDid Not Play
A. Iverson, SGDid Not Play
Totals 39-7419-23262819103
 52.7%82.6% 
Other Games
Tor 101 Final
Cle 113
GS 94 Final
Wash 112
Atl 100 Final
Char 109
Bos 101 Final
NY 104
Mil 79 Final
Chi 74
Hou 113 Final
Mem 103
OKC 139 Final
Utah 140
SA 95 Final
Sac 86