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Stackhouse keeps Pistons road force

4/5/2002

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- Even with an ankle sprain, Ben Wallace
proved his worth to the Detroit Pistons.

Wallace, the NBA's leading shot blocker, sprained his right
ankle in the first quarter but returned before halftime. In the
final 18 seconds, he blocked two shots -- including a potential
tying bucket by Aaron McKie -- as the Pistons won on the road for
the 16th time in 19 games, 92-88 over the Philadelphia 76ers on
Friday night.

"Ben did his thing at the end, as usual," Detroit's Jon Barry
said. "It's always a comfort to know he's back there. It was an
unbelievable block."

Jerry Stackhouse had 34 points, including two crucial free
throws with 13 seconds left, and was 15-of-16 from the foul line,
making his first 13.

Barry scored 17 points and Chucky Atkins added 15 for the
Pistons, who remained three games behind New Jersey in the race for
the best record in the Eastern Conference.

Matt Harpring had 16 points and 10 rebounds, Eric Snow had 16
points, Derrick Coleman and McKie each scored 15 and Dikembe
Mutombo grabbed 14 rebounds for the Sixers, who have lost three of
four.

Philadelphia is now 3-12 this season without Allen Iverson, who
is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a
broken left hand. The 76ers were also missing guard Speedy Claxton,
who will miss five games due to a concussion.

The Sixers had a chance to tie in the final 20 seconds, but
McKie's layup was blocked and Mutombo lost the ball out of bounds
after momentarily grabbing the rebound. The Sixers vehemently
argued that Mutombo got fouled, but there was no call.

"It was a clear foul, I don't know how else to describe it,"
Mutombo said.

The Pistons agreed with the non-call by the officials.

"The refs swallowed their whistles over the last three minutes
and let the players decide the game," Stackhouse said. "That's
playoff basketball."

Stackhouse then made two free throws for a four-point lead.

A 3-pointer by Atkins with 1:58 left gave the Pistons a 90-86
lead, but a 10-footer by McKie cut the lead in half with 1:13
remaining.

Trailing 85-80, the Sixers ran off six of eight, including four
points by Snow, to pull within one, 87-86.

Stackhouse made a 3-pointer with 5:32 left in the game to make
it 85-80 after Philadelphia had gone on an 8-2 run to pull to
within two.

After the Sixers opened a 58-57 lead in the third quarter,
Detroit scored 15 of the last 23 points of the quarter to pull
ahead 72-66. Barry capped the run with a fastbreak layup off a
spectacular behind-the-back pass from Stackhouse.

Barry made three straight 3-pointers to end the first half and
give the Pistons a 48-44 lead at halftime. Detroit also scored the
last 14 points of the first quarter and the first two of the second
to take a nine point lead, 23-14.

Game notes
Stackhouse scored the first nine points of the game. ...
Philadelphia's Corie Blount, who played four minutes in the first
half, did not return in the second due to flu-like symptoms. He had
one rebound and missed a shot. ... 76ers forward Alvin Jones had
five fouls in three minutes. ... Rapper Jay-Z, in a vintage Sixers
uniform, was at the game before performing in concert across the
street at the Spectrum. ... The Sixers missed 13 straight field
goals during a 7:45 stretch at the end of the first and beginning
of the second quarters.