Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Pistons 93

(32-19, 13-12 away)

76ers 75

(26-27, 15-10 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, February 16, 2005

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 28 20 20 2593
    PHI 13 22 23 1775

    Top Performers

    Det: C. Billups 20 Pts, 1 Reb, 5 Ast, 3 Stl

    Phi: A. Iverson 23 Pts, 1 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

    Iverson held to 'just' 23 points

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The All-Star break is arriving at a bad time for the Detroit Pistons. They would much rather keep playing.

    "We're playing some of our best basketball of the season," said Chauncey Billups, who scored 20 points along with Richard Hamilton, leading the Pistons past the Philadelphia 76ers 93-75 on Wednesday night. The Pistons won their fourth straight game. "We're playing for each other, like we did last season when we won the championship."

    Billups was 7-of-8 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. Hamilton was 8-for-16 from the field, and the Pistons made half of their shots, also going 9-of-17 from the 3-point line. The Pistons also outrebounded the Sixers 49-42.

    "We moved the ball well tonight and got guys open looks," Hamilton said. "We were more crisp on offense than we have been in a while. It kind of reminds me a little of how we were when we played like this last season."

    Meanwhile, Detroit held the league's leading scorer, Allen Iverson, to 23 points. Iverson, who scored a career-high 60 points, most in the NBA this season, on Saturday and then had 38 in his next game, was just 8-of-21 against Detroit's tight defense. Iverson also committed six turnovers.

    "You can learn a lot playing against them," Iverson said. "They won a championship. They play team basketball."

    Tayshaun Prince had 15 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, and Ben Wallace contributed 10 rebounds. Rasheed Wallace added 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Antonio McDyess had 10 points and nine rebounds.

    The Pistons jumped to a 25-8 lead in the first quarter and led 48-35 at halftime. The Sixers cut it to 63-56 with 2:47 remaining in the third quarter on a jump shot by Corliss Williamson. But the Pistons pulled away thanks to some clutch shooting.

    "We're getting better," Detroit coach Larry Brown said. "All the players are getting better, and that's been the key."

    Williamson had 14 points, Andre Iguodala had 11 points and eight rebounds and Kenny Thomas contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds for Philadelphia. The 76ers, who shot just 39 percent from the field, had their three-game winning streak snapped.

    "We played a poor basketball game against a very good basketball team, and that's a bad combination," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "We never made a run."

    ^Notes: The Sixers fell to 26-27 and failed to move above .500 for the first time since Nov. 24, when they were 4-3. ... Hamilton has hit 30 of 31 free throws in his last eight games. ... Pistons coach Larry Brown said he was saddened to hear the NHL season had been canceled. "I feel terrible coming in on a night like this with hockey canceled," Brown said. ... The Sixers are off until Feb. 24 at New York. However, several 76ers will be in Denver, the site of NBA All-Star weekend. Iverson is starting for the East team in Sunday's All-Star game. "Everybody's happy about the break," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 93 75
    FGM-FGA 36-72 (.500) 32-82 (.390)
    3PM-3PA 9-17 (.529) 1-15 (.067)
    FTM-FTA 12-24 (.500) 10-16 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 6-49 9-42
    Assists 25 17
    Turnovers 19 18
    Steals 10 10
    Blocks 4 0
    Fast Break Points 19 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 19 2

    Top Performers

    Chauncey Billups Billups
    Points: 20
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 23
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0