NBA Game Summary - Philadelphia at Detroit
(Saturday, January 9th)
Final Score: Philadelphia 104, Detroit 94
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Elton Brand scored a game-high 25 points, as the Philadelphia 76ers jumped out to a big lead and held on to hand the Pistons their 12th straight loss, a 104-94 decision at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Samuel Dalembert logged 16 points and nine rebounds, while Andre Iguodala and Willie Green added 16 and 15 points, respectively, for the Sixers, who had lost three of four coming into the game.
Ben Gordon netted 20 points and Charlie Villanueva 19, as Detroit extended its longest losing streak since dropping its final 13 of the 1993-94 season.
"Twelve in a row. That's very disappointing. We're not playing with any fight," Villanueva said.
The Pistons made just one field goal in the final 6 1/2 minutes of the first quarter, and the subsequent 16-2 spurt by the visitors, which ended with a pair of Green buckets, resulted in a 26-10 score.
Detroit hit another rough stretch to end the second stanza, going scoreless in the final 3:51, as Iguodala's three-point play highlighted Philadelphia's 11-0 run.
It was 56-30 at halftime, and the hosts finally made some strides in the third, which ended with the Sixers still holding a 76-59 advantage.
The Pistons were as close as 95-88 following a Villanueva three-pointer at the 1:22 mark, but the visitors were able to hit enough free throws down the stretch to avoid the letdown.
"They're a team like us. They have more talent than their record shows, but we didn't want to be the team to lose to a team that lost 11 in a row," Brand said.
Gordon scored the 10 millionth point in NBA history with a layup at the 3:51 mark of the second quarter...Philadelphia's Allen Iverson did not make the trip to Detroit due to knee issues...Lou Williams chipped in 14 points for the Sixers, who made 57.4 percent from the floor...Richard Hamilton ended with 12 points on 6-of-22 shooting for Detroit, which played the second half without starters Rodney Stuckey (knee) and Tayshaun Prince (knee).
01/10 00:07:49 ET