Iverson 'would like to forget about' this game

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Jerry Stackhouse and the Detroit
Pistons took full advantage of Allen Iverson's shooting problems.

Stackhouse scored 29 points, and Iverson missed his last 11
shots in the Pistons' 86-82 victory over the 76ers Tuesday night.

Iverson scored 26 points but finished 7-of-31. The Pistons took
over the game as Iverson went cold from the field after giving the
76ers a 62-54 lead with 3:24 left in the third quarter.

"When I leave here, I'm going to go looking for my shot because
it just left me tonight," Iverson said. "This is one of those
games in my six-year career that I would like to forget about.

"It happens and it's going to continue to happen as long as I'm
blessed to play this game."

Detroit won for the sixth time in the past seven games and ended
a six-game losing streak against Philadelphia, which had won 10 of

Corliss Williamson scored eight of his 18 points over the final
few minutes of the period to help Detroit take a 64-62 lead, its
first since scoring the game's first basket.

The Pistons got an emotional lift at the beginning of their
comeback when Stackhouse barreled into Dikembe Mutombo after being
on the receiving end of one too many elbows. Mutumbo was called for
a foul.

"He's got to stop throwing the elbows around, I'm too old for
that foolishness," Stackhouse said. "I just told him, don't throw
those elbows anymore. He told me to 'Shut up,' and one thing led to

"I'll take the 'W.' "

Philadelphia, which trailed by as much as seven in the final
quarter, pulled within two with 3:43 left, but couldn't get closer.

"This was a real big win for us, especially after being down so
much," Williamson said. "We set a goal to get 25 wins by the
All-Star break, but now we can get 26."

Detroit made just 39.5 percent of its shots, but held the 76ers
to 35.1 percent shooting.

"It was kind of a slugfest," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said,
"but we're happy."

Philadelphia coach Larry Brown, who was without Derrick Coleman
and Aaron McKie, was relatively happy about the 76ers' effort.

"When Allen goes 7-for-31 and we have a chance to win, we're
doing a lot of things pretty good and that's the most important
thing," Brown said.

The 76ers led 23-20 after the first quarter, 45-39 at halftime
and by 11 points on two occasions in the third.

Mutombo had 17 points and 10 rebounds and Matt Harpring scored
14 for Philadelphia.

Cliff Robinson added 14 for Detroit, which ended a six-game
losing streak against the 76ers.

Game notes
Coleman missed the game because of a swollen left knee. He
has missed 10 games because of injuries this season. ... McKie, who
is expected back next week, missed his sixth straight game with a
sprained left ankle and Achilles tendon. ... The 76ers picked
Stackhouse with the No. 3 pick in the 1995 draft, then traded him
during the 1997-98 season to Detroit with Eric Montross for McKie,
Theo Ratliff and a conditional first-round pick.

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