Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 3)

Series starts 11/21

Game 1: Wednesday, November 21st
Game 2: Tuesday, February 5th
Game 3: Friday, April 5th

76ers 82

(24-24, 12-15 away)

Pistons 86

(25-21, 15-7 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:30 PM ET, February 5, 2002

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    PHI 23 22 17 2082
    DET 20 19 25 2286

    Top Performers

    Philadelphia: D. Mutombo 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 1 Ast, 4 Blk

    Detroit: J. Stackhouse 29 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Blk

    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.

    Jerry Stackhouse led the Pistons with a game-high 29 points.

    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 13.

    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 another.

    "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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