NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Philadelphia
(Saturday, April 4th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 95, Detroit 90
Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) - Andre Iguodala scored a season-high 31 points and grabbed nine rebounds, as the Philadelphia 76ers clinched a playoff berth with a 95-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Wachovia Center.
Philadelphia is locked in a virtual tie with Miami for the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference playoff picture. The Sixers hold a .001 advantage over the Heat in win percentage due to two fewer games played. Philly is two games behind Atlanta for the fourth seed.
"I credit it to the team. When I took over this (playoffs) was a goal we set. It's great and I am happy for them," said Philadelphia head coach Tony DiLeo.
Andre Miller added 21 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds for Philadelphia, which won its third straight game and sixth in eight tries. Lou Williams donated 15 points and Marreese Speights 10 in the win.
Rodney Stuckey totaled 23 points for the Pistons, who dropped their third straight and sixth in eight tries. Kwame Brown dropped a season-high 15 points and Richard Hamilton also had 15 in defeat.
Detroit occupies the eighth and final spot in the East, one-half game behind Chicago for seventh place and nursing a two-game lead over Charlotte.
Trailing by three in the fourth, Williams hit a layup and was fouled. He missed the potential game-tying free throw but Iguodala offered a fast-break dunk to give the Sixers the lead, 79-78, with just over seven minutes left.
Will Bynum turned the ball over on Detroit's next touch, which led to Iguodala's long-range jumper.
Moments later, Tayshaun Prince's three knotted it up at 83 with 4:54 showing on the clock.
The lead traded hands from there and Miller hit a pair of free throws to give Philadelphia an 89-88 cushion with 2:02 left.
Hamilton and then Rasheed Wallace missed jumpers on the Pistons' next two possessions and Iguodala secured Wallace's miss before Miller hit 1-of-2 at the line to give the home team a 90-88 lead.
Stuckey missed a three-pointer as the shot clock expired before Reggie Evans grabbed the loose ball and drew the foul with 30.8 seconds left. He drained both for a four-point Philly lead.
Detroit then inbounded the ball to Stuckey up top. He tried to drive the lane and pour in a layup, but Theo Ratliff had a two-handed swat of his bid. The Pistons maintained possession and Stuckey again went to the hoop and drew a foul with 22.7 seconds remaining. He hit both shots to make it 92-90 but Miller put the game away with two ensuing free throws.
"It was a win we definitely wanted to get and needed to get," said Hamilton. "We gave up the lead and weren't able to close the show, it's tough for us."
The Sixers led 21-19 after the first quarter, but the Pistons battled back to take a 50-46 edge at the break.
A basket from Iguodala and two from Samuel Dalembert gave the Sixers a 52-50 lead early in the third.
The score stayed close in the third, but Brown offered a layup with about seven minutes left to start a 19-8 Pistons run that closed out the stanza. Stuckey knocked down a pair of three-pointers and Hamilton another for a 74-68 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
Miller's layup and Iguodala's trey pulled the 76ers within 77-75 with just over nine minutes left to play.
It was Miller's ninth career triple-double and second this season...The Sixers held Detroit to 26.7 percent shooting in the second half, which is an opponent's season-low for any half...Ratliff played a season-high 31 minutes and had two blocks. Philly is 8-1 when he has two-plus blocks...Detroit shot 37 percent from the field, while Philadelphia hit at a 48 percent clip...The Sixers improved to 24-15 at home this season...Detroit closed out a three-game road trip at 0-3...Pistons president of basketball operations Joe Dumars announced Friday that former Sixer Allen Iverson will be shut down for the rest of the regular season due to a balky back. This would have been just Iverson's second game in Philly since being traded by the Sixers to Denver...The Pistons are 17-21 away from The Palace of Auburn Hills this season...Philadelphia took the season series 2-1...The Pistons have won nine of the last 14 matchups and seven of 10 trips to the City of Brotherly Love.
04/04 22:05:01 ET