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PISTONS POWER PAST 6ERS.....PISTONS 124, Philadelphia 103, T 4/6/10
Posted on: 04-06-2010

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>>caption:  CHARLIE V (R) SHOOTS OVER PHILLY'S
JASON SMITH (#14)<<

@ PHILADELPHIA, PA:

    The Pistons had to pick on a fellow NBA-East
weakling to end their losing skid and posted a
124-103 victory Tuesday night at Philadelphia.
    Seven Pistons scored in double figures to help
Detroit end an 11 game losing streak and post a
win for just the third time in their last 21 contests.
    The game was tied 61-all at halftime with Detroit
shooting 56% from the field and Philly an even better
60%.
    The Pistons pulled away by outscoring their hosts
30-19 in the 3rd-Qtr, built the lead to 18 at 104-86
on a Jonas Jarebko layup and the 76ers never got
within single digits again.
    After missing the team flight (along with Austin Daye), Charlie Villanueva came
off the Detroit bench to get a game-high 25-P. Rodney Stuckey added 24. Ben
Wallace had a season-high 18-P, Tayshaun Prince 14, Ben Gordon 13, Jarebko 11
and Will Bynum 10-P. Daye scored 9-P in 23-mins in a reserve role.   
    With slumping starters such as Elton Brand and Samuel Dalambert playing limited
minutes, Marreese Speights led the 76ers with 21-P and Jodie Meeks had 19-P.
Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams both scored 12-P and Jrue Holiday had 11-P.
    The 76ers have lost four straight.
    Detroit took the season series from Philly 3-1 including a 2-0 mark at Philadelphia.
The Pistons are only 8-30 on the road this season.

QUOTEBOOK...

PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER:   "The players really made a commitment and didn’t
give the Sixers second chance opportunities...Charlie [Villanurva] played the way I
know he is capable of...Rodney Stuckey again, Will Bynum, Ben Wallace and Jonas
[Jerebko] all played pretty much the entire game because they are all so valuable to us."

PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA:   "When you see the game I had, it is contagious
in the locker room. The guys showed a lot of light and energy...This has been a tough
year for me, but I never lost confidence in my ability and it definitely feels good to get
a game like this under my belt...This will help build my confidence."

76ERS H-COACH EDDIE JORDAN:   "We didn’t have it tonight...I just wasn’t happy with
their [Elton Brand's & Samuel Dalambert's] play; that’s flat out...Their defensive energy,
awareness and a sense of urgency, that sort of thing."

76ERS FWD ANDRE IGUODALA:   "I think it was a tale of two different halves. In the first
half, it was an even game, neither team really played defense, and there were a lot of
shots made. In the second half they decided to get some stops and they kept rolling on
the offensive end. I feel like the effort was there, but late in the game it kind of got out
of hand."

OVERTIME:

    Former UDM Titan Willie Green scored 5-P in 5-mins for the 6ers.
    Stuckey was elbowed while making a driving layup and crashed to the floor with
5:11 remaining in the 3rd-Qtr. Stuckey completed the 3-point play when he sank the
free throw, then limped off the court. Stuckey did return in the 4th-Qtr.
    Rip Hamilton, Jason Maxiell and Chris Wilcox all remained out injured for Detroit.
    Rodney Carney (right big toe) and Thaddeus Young (broken right thump) were
inactive for Philadelphia.
    The Pistons make a quick trip back to the Palace for Wednesday's home game vs
Atlanta, then play three of their final four on the road.

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