Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/6

Game 1: Saturday, November 6th
Game 2: Saturday, January 15th
Game 3: Wednesday, February 16th
Game 4: Wednesday, March 23rd

76ers 95

(16-20, 8-13 away)

Pistons 99

(22-14, 12-6 home)

    Coverage: WDWB

    7:30 PM ET, January 15, 2005

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 21 21 24 2995
    DET 24 27 25 2399

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: A. Iverson 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 13 Ast, 2 Stl

    Detroit: R. Hamilton 25 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Detroit staves off Philadelphia rally

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Moments after running a play to get Richard Hamilton a layup, the Detroit Pistons added a twist to set up Tayshaun Prince for a short jumper.

    Prince's 11-footer with 24.5 seconds left put the Pistons ahead and his two free throws sealed a 99-95 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

    "They thought we were going to Rip (Hamilton), so it surprised them," Prince said.

    Hamilton scored 25 points and Prince had 19 for the Pistons, who extended their season-long winning streak to five games. Detroit has won 12 of 16 since falling to .500 on Dec. 11.

    "We definitely are playing a lot better," Prince said. "But are we on a roll? We've been winning games, but we still haven't been playing the way we would like."

    Allen Iverson had 28 points on 9-of-26 shooting, 13 assists -- tying a season high -- and only one turnover for the Sixers.

    "I don't know how you can guard him," said Pistons coach Larry Brown, who had an up-and-down relationship with Iverson when he was in Philadelphia. "He still gets a lot of shots because they run a lot of things for him, but more so than ever before, if you help on him he gets it to somebody right away."

    The Pistons led by as much as 16 points and were ahead by seven with less than 4 minutes left before Philadelphia rallied.

    Iverson's two free throws put the Sixers ahead -- for the first time since the opening minutes -- with 2:12 to go and they led 93-88 after Kyle Korver made three free throws.

    Chauncey Billups' 3-pointer and Rasheed Wallace's long jumper put Detroit ahead 95-93.

    "This is probably the best win for us all year because we did gut it out," Brown said. "They could have packed it in."

    After Prince's floater over two Sixers, Korver missed a 3-pointer that would've put the Sixers ahead and Kenny Thomas missed a jumper in the final seconds.

    Iverson deferred to his teammates on the possession, but didn't regret it.

    "It was perfect," Iverson said. "I'd take it anytime. I'd take the shot Kenny had.

    "You can make all the excuses you want, they were just better."

    Ben Wallace had 14 points and 12 rebounds and Billups added 12 points and nine assists for the Pistons. Reserve Lindsey Hunter scored 11 and Antonio McDyess had 10 points and seven rebounds.

    Thomas had 16 points and 12 rebounds, Marc Jackson scored 14 and Korver added 11 off the bench. Reserve Corliss Williamson, who helped the Pistons win the NBA title last season, had 10 points.

    Iverson, with a sore ankle and shoulder, played 44 minutes a night after playing all 48 minutes and scoring 32 points in a win against Toronto.

    The Pistons led 51-42 at halftime and 76-66 after the third.

    "Tough loss," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "It was a good comeback by us. We just couldn't knock down the necessary shots. I give credit to the Pistons for knocking down big shots when they had their backs to the wall."

    Game notes

    Samuel Dalembert, out for a third straight game with a hip injury, did not travel with the Sixers because he has the flu. ... Both teams wore retro uniforms. Detroit had lightning bolts on its shorts and jerseys like it did during the 1979-80 season, and Philadelphia sported Syracuse Nationals uniforms from the 1954-55 season. ... The Pistons host Phoenix on Monday afternoon. ... Wallace had at least 10 rebounds for the eighth straight game.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 95 99
    FGM-FGA 35-83 (.422) 40-79 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 5-18 (.278) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 20-27 (.741) 15-19 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-38 15-45
    Assists 20 26
    Turnovers 15 20
    Steals 13 9
    Blocks 1 6
    Fast Break Points 16 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (1/0) 24 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 5 16

    Top Performers

    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 13
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 25
    Reb: 6
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0