NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Detroit
(Friday, December 5th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 96, Detroit 91
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Donyell Marshall, playing in his first game since November 15, drained the go-ahead three pointer late in the fourth quarter to cap the Philadelphia 76ers' 96-91 comeback victory over the Detroit Pistons.
Marshall, who had played in just three games prior to the victory, logged eight points in just under 14 quality minutes, while fellow reserve Lou Williams added 16 points for Philadelphia, which had lost five of six.
"My job is to come in and work hard in practice and when my name's called in the games -- that's what it is," Marshall said of his role on the team. "Before the games I'll run on the treadmill and try to get in shape for games like today. When my name is called I'm ready to go."
Andre Miller paced the Sixers with 19 points, and Andre Iguodala chipped in 14 points, eight boards and five assists for the victors.
Allen Iverson, the No. 1 overall selection by Philadelphia in the 1996 draft and the face of the franchise before being traded to Denver two seasons ago, logged 17 points and seven assists for Detroit, which had won three of four.
Richard Hamilton scored a team-high 19 points, while Rodney Stuckey added 16 points and six helpers.
The Detroit lead remained in double digits for most of the third, but six quick points from the Philly bench to end the frame cut its deficit to 67-58.
Marshall's three-pointer in the corner made it a 71-65 game with 9:47 remaining, and an 8-2 run later in the frame made it a one-point affair with just under four minutes left.
Marshall gave the Sixers their first lead since scoring the first basket of the game on the visitors' next possession, but a pair of free throws and a jumper from Hamilton gave the lead back to Detroit.
Trailing by one, Williams drove the lane and was fouled, hitting both from the stripe for the lead with 55.3 ticks left.
Stuckey came down and hit a jumper, but Marshall was left open at the top of the key and nailed a triple for a 91-89 Sixers edge with 35 seconds remaining.
Stuckey missed a layup in traffic and Rasheed Wallace couldn't put back the tip-in. The clubs exchanged a pair of free throws and Miller hit 1-of-2 at the free throw line for a 94-91 lead with less than 15 seconds left.
Prince was off the mark on a long three, and Williams collected the carom with 1.7 ticks remaining and hit both free throws to seal it.
"We stopped making shots," Iverson said. "During the game we were making shots, but in that last quarter we didn't make shots. We were a little frustrated and we let it carry over to the defensive end. We stopped making shots and they started making theirs."
Eight straight Detroit points helped by two Philly turnovers late in the first gave the hosts a 25-19 lead after 12 minutes of play.
Sixers forward Marreese Speights made it a two-point game with a layup in the second, but Detroit's subsequent 13-2 run highlighted by a Hamilton steal and layup aided a 48-38 differential at halftime.
Philly's Elton Brand did not make the trip to Detroit after tweaking his ankle on Wednesday...The 76ers had dropped six of their previous eight trips to the Motor City...Prince ended with 12 points.
12/06 00:46:08 ET