PHILADELPHIA (AP)—A.I. and the 76ers went home losers again.
They sure didn’t play one against Detroit.
New Jersey and Minnesota are the only teams with worse records than the Sixers. The Sixers haven’t won since Nov. 18 vs. Charlotte and they’ve lost by five or less points six times during the skid.
Iguodala went for the win, but his open 3-point attempt was no good. He scored 18 points.
Pistons coach John Kuester said Stuckey was the right player to take the shot.
“No question I want the ball in his hands,” he said. “You saw a lot of growth in a young man. I’ve been telling people about how good he can be. He can be one of the best guards in the league and he showed it tonight.”
Iverson, once the best guard in the league, scored 11 points in his second game with the Sixers. He hit the tying jumper with 1:06 left that made it 86-all.
Iverson is 0-5 this season—three losses with Memphis; two with the 76ers. Iverson missed seven of 10 shots from the floor and had three assists.
“It’s going to get better,” Iverson said. “This is one of these times when you find out what type of character you have as men.”
The Pistons won without their top three stars. Guard Ben Gordon(notes) sat out with a sprained left ankle, and they had been playing without Richard Hamilton(notes) (ankle) and Tayshaun Prince(notes) (back).
Jerebko made all three baskets in the fourth quarter—and all three were clutch. He sank Detroit’s first 3 of the game after seven misses that pulled the Pistons within one; another jumper that kept the deficit at one; and a 15-footer that gave them an 84-82 lead.
Iverson, who played 33 minutes as he tries to work his way into game shape, tied it for his first big shot in his second stint with the Sixers.
Stuckey went up for the shot, but Iguodala was in his face to knock the ball free. Stuckey pounced on the loose ball and tossed up a little fade that went through for the winner.
Iverson deferred to Iguodala on the final shot. No good and the Sixers slumped home losers again.
“We got everything that we wanted on that last play and more,” Iverson said. “The shot just didn’t go in. I’ll take that same shot every time. He had a good look.”
The Sixers were counting on Iverson’s marquee name to serve as a box office. They drew 20,000-plus in his homecoming Monday night, but attendance plummeted to 12,136 against the Pistons. That’s just a tick more than the 11,965 they averaged in their first eight home games.
Iverson blocked the first shot of the game, stripped Ben Wallace(notes) of the ball at the top of the key that led to a Sixers basket, and intercepted a pass as he was falling out of bounds during a frantic first quarter.
He’s still looking to get his legs under him after long stretches of inactivity as a non-factor until the fourth.
Iverson shed no tears nor did he exchange emotional hugs in his first game against the Pistons. He complained last season once the Pistons made him a reserve and eventually had his season cut short because of a back injury.
He did not play in the postseason and the Pistons let his $20-plus million contract expire.
Dalembert had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers and Brand scored 17 points.