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Detroit snaps four-game road losing streak

2/24/2004

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Larry Brown sat deep in his chair, arms
folded and a disgusted look on his face. The Hall of Fame coach
wasn't pleased with his team's performance, but his former club
played even worse.

Richard Hamilton scored 15 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14,
leading the Detroit Pistons to a 76-66 victory over the
Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night.

Ben Wallace had 12 points, 13 rebounds and six blocks, and
Rasheed Wallace added 10 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons,
who had lost eight of nine and four straight on the road.

"We haven't been winning games like this. We haven't been able
to put teams away," Brown said. "I wasn't happy with some of the
things we did, but we finished it out."

Kenny Thomas had 10 points and 18 rebounds, and Eric Snow added
12 points for Philadelphia, which was without Allen Iverson because
of a shoulder injury. Iverson, tied for the NBA's scoring lead, was
replaced by Aaron McKie, who had two points.

Philadelphia tied its second-lowest point total since 1954-55.
The Sixers shot 30.1 percent (25-for-83).

"Without AI, our guys gave us a legitimate shot to win,"
Sixers interim coach Chris Ford said.

Brown again was booed in his second return to Philadelphia since
leaving the Sixers to coach Detroit last spring. He spent six
often-turbulent seasons in Philadelphia, helping rebuild a
struggling franchise and often clashing with Iverson. After the
game, Iverson greeted Brown in the coach's room.

In his second full game with the Pistons since a three-team
trade brought him to Detroit last week, Rasheed Wallace was called
for a technical foul in the third quarter, and his constant
complaints to officials drew jeers from the crowd. A Philadelphia
native, he joked with some fans as he walked off the court
following a timeout in the third.

"It's great to have a big guy like him who can score,"
Hamilton said. "I really love our team now."

The Sixers, competing for the final playoff spot in the East,
are 2-3 under Ford.

Philadelphia, down by 18 in the third quarter, cut the deficit
to 67-63 on a 3-pointer by Greg Buckner with 5:36 left. A
spectacular block by Prince on a breakaway layup attempt by Snow
prevented Philadelphia from getting within two points, and the
Pistons scored nine of the last 11 points.

The Pistons used an 11-0 run to break the game open in the
third. A driving layup by Prince and a jumper by Hamilton put
Detroit ahead 58-40. But poor shooting and turnovers by the Pistons
allowed the Sixers to get back in it.

Glenn Robinson had 11 points for the Sixers, but sat on the
bench for the final 17:30 because of a sore elbow. Samuel Dalembert
also scored 11.

The Sixers outscored Detroit 12-2 to close the second quarter,
getting to 43-35 at halftime. Robinson began the run with two
jumpers, and Willie Green finished it with a layup.

"We gave a good effort, but we just didn't capitalize at the
end," Green said.

Game notes
The Pistons were fined $200,000 by the NBA for using
Rasheed Wallace and Mike James last Friday night before the league
finalized the trade. ... Snow, Buckner, Thomas and Ben Wallace also
got technical fouls. ... Detroit played its fifth game in seven
days. ... Sixers C Derrick Coleman (hand) is expected to miss
another two weeks. C Marc Jackson (hand, foot) could be out two to
four more weeks. ... In the fourth quarter, fans began chanting,
"We want Korver!" The rookie 3-point specialist played just four
minutes for Philadelphia, before entering with 8:27 left. ...
Detroit beat Philadelphia in six games in the East semifinals last
season. ... Thomas didn't start because he was late to the morning
shootaround.