NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Detroit
(Sunday, March 29th)
Final Score: Detroit 101, Philadelphia 97
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Will Bynum scored nine of his 12 points in the fourth quarter to spark the Pistons to a 101-97 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in a game with Eastern Conference playoff implications.
With the win, Detroit pulled within 1 1/2 games of the Sixers for the No. 6 seed in the East and gained a one-game advantage on the eighth-seeded Bulls after Chicago's overtime loss to Toronto earlier Sunday.
Tayshaun Prince led the way with 21 points, while Rodney Stuckey and Richard Hamilton netted 16 and 14 points, respectively, for the Pistons, who have won two straight after dropping six of seven.
Allen Iverson (back) returned to the court after a 16-game absence and scored eight points off the bench against his former team, which allowed Detroit to shoot 52.8 percent from the floor to fall 1 1/2 games back of idle Miami for the No. 5 seed in the East.
"The most important thing is getting the win," Iverson said. "As far as getting back out there, it was different for me. It was rough having to run up and down the court."
Andre Iguodala posted 27 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Philly, which has dropped back-to-back bouts on the heels of a three-game winning streak. Thaddeus Young added 22 points and Andre Miller ended with 13 points and six assists in the setback.
The Pistons trailed 89-83 early in the fourth, but Amir Johnson capped a 10-0 flurry with two free throws at the 5:27 mark to put the hosts in front for good.
It was still a four-point game when Iguodala missed a three-pointer with 1 1/2 minutes to go. Hamilton was also off the mark at the other end, though he followed his miss with a rebound. Bynum then bricked an open jumper, but there were only 39.2 seconds left when the Sixers got the ball back.
After Iguodala's runner cut the deficit to two, Hamilton's baseline jumper with 14.0 seconds to play made it a two-possession game. Iguodala's errant three ended any chance of come-from-behind win by the visitors.
"Every loss is tough down the stretch," Iguodala said. "I felt like we had control of the game. Some things changed the momentum and they got back in it. Bynum made some big shots and I guess they played tough defense down the stretch."
Iguodala's 12-point first quarter allowed the Sixers to take a 31-27 lead, and the visitors were up 58-57 at the break despite Prince going off for 14 points in the second frame.
Philly ended a back-and-forth third quarter with an 8-1 run to take an 83-79 lead into the fourth.
Detroit's Rasheed Wallace (calf) missed his 11th straight game...Young has scored 20-plus points in seven straight games for Philly, which shot 46.3 percent from the floor but just 3-of-12 from three-point range...The Sixers had won three straight in the series...Kwame Brown had 13 points for the Pistons.
03/29 22:47:33 ET