Pistons 99, 76ers 84

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP)—Allen Iverson looked at the big picture, perhaps because the one right in front of him isn’t too pretty.

Iverson missed 17 of 24 shots and the Philadelphia 76ers were unable to stop the Detroit Pistons from winning 99-84 on Tuesday and taking a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

“I’ve been through too many things in my life to let basketball get to me, to let it frustrate me,” said Iverson, who scored 19 points.

Adding to his unpleasant night, a fan hit Iverson with a coin late in the game as he sat on the bench. The unidentified fan was arrested, according to Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek. Iverson also had his right elbow X-rayed after the game and results were negative.

While the 76ers’ most emotional player had a bad night, Detroit’s was fired up.

Rasheed Wallace untucked his jersey and flailed his arms at the officials, early in the third quarter, picking up the 228th technical foul of his notorious career. Then, as he often has this season, he took over the game.

Wallace scored 11 of 15 points in the third to lead the defending NBA champions in a surge past the seventh-seeded Sixers.

Wallace made consecutive 3-pointers to give Detroit a 59-50 lead, and his tip-in put the Pistons ahead 69-57 at the end of the quarter. His basket midway through the fourth quarter gave them an 80-62 lead.

He got upset and was called for a technical when he tried to save a ball from going out of bounds and the officials gave the ball to the Sixers and didn’t call a foul against them. Wallace declined to comment about the officiating, or how he seemed to respond to the technical.

“We don’t like when he gets those technicals, but we like what happens afterward,” teammate Chauncey Billups said.

Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia. NBA teams trailing 2-0 have rallied to advance just eight times in best-of-seven series.

“I don’t think playoffs start until somebody loses at home,” Pistons coach Larry Brown said.

Detroit’s Richard Hamilton scored 23 points, Billups had 20 points and eight assists, Tayshaun Prince scored 14 and reserve Antonio McDyess added 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocks.

“We just can’t stop them,” Iverson said. “We have to come up with something—some new scheme, some new idea.”

Chris Webber scored 15 points and Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers. Kyle Korver had eight points on 2-of-9 shooting after scoring just two points in Game 1.

“They are pretty good at not letting you do what you want to do,” Korver said.

The Pistons trailed for the most part until they went on an 11-1 run midway through the second quarter to take a 40-34 lead.

Like he did Saturday, Wallace overcame a lackluster first half with a spectacular third quarter. He had just two points at halftime Tuesday.

In Game 1, Wallace scored five points in the first half, then had 16 of his 29 in the third.

“He’s one of the premier big men in the NBA,” Sixers coach Jim O’Brien said.


Wallace broke his own league record with 41 technical fouls during the 2000-01 season, while in Portland. He tied for the league lead with 25 technicals this season, but was ejected only once. … Iverson had 10 assists. … Five players scored Philadelphia’s first five baskets for the second straight game. … In the first quarter, Ben Wallace had a season-high five turnovers, then didn’t have another. … McDyess has scored a total of 21 points in the second quarter in the series. … The Pistons outscored Philadelphia 20-10 in fast-break points.

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A. Iverson A. Iverson
7-24,  19 Pts
1 Rebs, 10 Assists
C. Billups C. Billups
5-10,  20 Pts
6 Rebs, 8 Assists

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