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@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
Elton Brand led six 6ers who scored in
double figures by matching his season-high of
25-P as Philadelphia beat the Pistons 104-94
The 12th straight Detroit defeat deepened
the team's worst slump since April of 1994
and 5th longest in club history.
Tayshaun Prince hit jumper for an early 4-2
Pistons lead, their first and only advantage of
The contest quickly turned into a one-sided
rout with the 76ers leading 26-10 after the
1st-Qtr and 56-30 at the half. It wasn't unti
midway through the 4th-Qtr that the Pistons pulled within single digits of Philly
during garbage time after trailing by as many as 29.
One of the reasons the Pistons never got going was another poor shooting
performance by Rip Hamilton, who missed his first 10 shots from the field.
Prince (sore left knee) and Rodney Stuckey (sore right knee) spent the entire
2nd-H on the Detroit bench.
Brand was supported by Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert with 16-P each
and Dalembert grabbed a game-high 9-RB. UDM alum Willie Green contributed
15-P, Lou Williams 14-P and Thaddeus Young had 10-P.
Ben Gordon topped Detroit with 20-P and Charlie Villanueva had 19, both off
the bench. Hamilton managed to finish with 12-P plus a game-high 7-A. Rookie
Austin Daye and Ben Wallace both scored 10-P.
Philadelphia is now 11-25 and Detroit 11-24.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "We’ve had enough of rhetoric. It has to do with
going out, playing with a sense of urgency and understanding that you have to start
the game off the right way, and we haven’t done that. We have to be consistent in
effort. Sometimes you have to search the bench and find five guys that are going to
PISTONS GD BEN GORDON: "“It just looks like we don’t have a rhythm out there.
For the guys we have on the floor there is no excuse for that...Guys are not getting
shots were they supposed to get them. We don’t have a great ball movement. On
the other hand, when your offense doesn’t work you got to stop the other team.
If we get stops they can’t score. That’s not how we played...You can play as hard
as you want, but if you are not playing smart, hard and smart, then you run into a
wall. That’s not going to do anything."
76ERS FWD ELTON BRAND: "Coach has more confidence in me and I'm playing more
in the second half when there's a win on the line. That's a cool responsibility that I'm
76ERS GD WILLIE GREEN: "Don't blow [the big halftime lead]. That's the only thing
that we can do. Try to continue being aggressive and do the things we did to get the
lead. Play good defense. Rebound the basketball and try to attack."
Prince's go-ahead bucket accounted for his only 2-P of the game. Stuckey had
6-P before he sat down.
Former Piston Allen Iverson did not make the trip with Philadelphia, sidelined
by an injured left knee.
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