76ers Down Pistons, 92-83
Jan. 23, 2003
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Allen Iverson scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, helping the Philadelphia 76ers to a rare victory _ 92-83 over the Detroit Pistons.
The win was just Philadelphia's third in 11 games and ended a three-game losing streak to Detroit.
Philadelphia was missing Derrick Coleman (sprained ring finger), but got Todd MacCulloch back after he missed four games with a foot injury.
The game was tied at 76 before Eric Snow hit a short jumper with 3:23 left. After a Detroit miss, Aaron McKie's putback gave the Sixers a four-point lead.
The lead was still four, 82-78, when Cliff Robinson was called for an offensive foul with 1:24 left. Robinson then fouled Iverson, who made both free throws to put the Sixers up by six.
After Robinson split a pair of free throws, Iverson hit a jumper over Chauncey Billups to clinch the victory.
Iverson shot 4-of-8 in the fourth quarter after going 4-of-17 in the first three periods.
Keith Van Horn scored 16 for Philadelphia, while Snow added 14. Corliss Williamson had a season-high 20 points for Detroit, while Richard Hamilton added 18.
Detroit led 42-39 at the half, thanks to 12 points off the bench from Williamson. Iverson had nine on 4-of-12 shooting.
The Pistons had a six-point edge midway through the third quarter, but Philadelphia came back with an 8-0 run go ahead 55-53.
Detroit regained a 60-59 edge at period's end as Iverson missed all five field-goal attempts and two of three free throws in the quarter.
Williamson started the fourth with two free throws, but the Sixers responded with an 8-0 run that included two 3-pointers by Van Horn.
Notes: Ben Wallace, the league's leading rebounder with 15.1 a game, had just one board in the first half but finished with nine. Wallace has at least eight rebounds in 87 straight games. ... Philadelphia's Brian Skinner left the game in the third quarter with a sprained left ankle, but returned later in the period. ... Jon Barry picked up a fourth-quarter technical for arguing a call. ... MacCulloch scored six points in 16 minutes. ... The Sixers only dressed nine players, as Kenny Satterfield (flu) and Efthimios Rentzias (gastroenteritis) missed the trip due to illness.