Iverson and the Pistons go for their second win in a row on Thursday night when their four-game western swing takes them to Golden State for a matchup with the Warriors.
Iverson lost his first two games with Detroit after coming over from Denver in the Chauncey Billups trade on Nov. 3, but played a big part in his first win with his new teammates on Tuesday. Iverson had 30 points, nine assists and seven rebounds in the Pistons’ 100-92 victory over Sacramento.
“It was a huge lift off of me,” Iverson said. “I knew it would happen. You think every game you go out and play it’s going to happen. It feels good. I wanted to get the monkey off my back. I’m just excited that I got my first win and I can now try to get a lot more.”
While with the Nuggets, Iverson has done plenty in his last three games at Golden State, averaging 35.7 points, 6.0 assists and 2.0 steals.
Tayshaun Prince, who had 26 points and 11 rebounds against the Kings, has thrived playing alongside Iverson, averaging 22.7 points and 10 boards.
Richard Hamilton, meanwhile, has struggled since Iverson’s arrival, averaging 14.0 points while hitting just 27.3 percent from the field. Hamilton went 0-of-8 from the floor in Detroit’s 88-76 loss to Boston on Sunday, then missed 12 of 16 shots against the Kings.
“Rip’s out of sync a little bit,” Detroit coach Michael Curry told the team’s official Web site. “He didn’t make shots.”
Playing at Golden State may not be the cure for Hamilton’s ailing jumper. In eight career road games against the Warriors, he is averaging 19.3 points while converting just 39.6 percent from the field.
Detroit (5-2) will have to wait at least another game for backcourt reinforcements as Rodney Stuckey will miss a second straight game after undergoing tests for dizziness.
Golden State (3-5) also snapped a two-game losing streak on Tuesday with a 113-110 win over Minnesota in overtime.
Stephen Jackson scored six of his 30 points in the extra session and improved his scoring average at Oracle Arena to 28.0 points this season - significantly higher than his 18.5 points per game on the road.
“At the end of the day it’s just good to get a win,” Jackson said. “I definitely give it up for those young guys coming off the bench, trying to figure out their roles. We got it into overtime and we found a way to win. That says a lot about this team with us having so many young guys.”
Andris Biedrins extended his double-double streak to 15 games with 13 points and 15 rebounds. He is averaging 16.4 points and 14.9 rebounds during that stretch.
Last season against Detroit, Biedrins averaged 13.5 points and 8.5 rebounds as the Warriors lost both meetings.
Kelenna Azubuike tied a season high with 22 points against the Timberwolves, and has 21 points or more in three of his last four games. In the Warriors’ 111-104 home loss to Detroit on Nov. 14, 2007, Azubuike played all 48 minutes and scored 16 points.
Detroit has won three of four at Golden State, including last season’s victory where it overcame a 22-point deficit.