Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/8

Game 1: Wednesday, January 8th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 22nd
Game 3: Thursday, March 20th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 8th

Pistons 103

(23-10, 10-7 away)

76ers 94

(19-16, 13-4 home)

    Coverage: CSN

    7:00 PM ET, January 8, 2003

    Wells Fargo Center, Philadelphia, PA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DET 21 29 20 18 15103
    PHI 20 24 22 22 694

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Hamilton 29 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast

    Phi: A. Iverson 25 Pts, 4 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl

    Iverson with 25 points, nine assists in losing cause

    PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- With the shot clock winding down, Chauncey Billups just wanted to take a shot. He made it, and in the process fouled Allen Iverson out of the game.

     Richard Hamilton

    Billups scored 19 points, including a key four-point play early in overtime, and Richard Hamilton had 29, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 103-94 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night.

    In the opening minute of overtime, Billups took a pass with 3 seconds left on the shot clock, quickly launched an awkward 3-pointer that went in and drew the sixth foul on Iverson. His free throw gave the Pistons a 92-88 lead, and the Sixers never recovered.

    "It was a tough play. The shot clock was winding down and I was trying to be aggressive," Billups said. "When I let go, it felt good."

    Clifford Robinson added 17 points for Detroit, which won its third straight. The Pistons, who trail Indiana by one game in the Central Division, have won 11 of 14.

    Iverson had 25 points and nine assists for the Sixers. He scored eight of Philadelphia's last 12 points in regulation, but missed a running, one-hander that would've won it at the buzzer.

    Iverson hurt the area just above his right knee late in the fourth quarter, but the injury didn't appear serious.

    "It wasn't the shot I wanted," Iverson said about his last shot. "I just took what the defense gave him."

    Eric Snow had 19 points and reserve Brian Skinner added 17 for the struggling Sixers. Philadelphia has lost four in a row, including consecutive overtime losses at home. The Sixers are 4-12 since starting 15-4.

    "I don't know if I'm perplexed. Frustrated might be a better word. You can add disappointed as well," Sixers coach Larry Brown said.

    After Billups's four-point play, a fastbreak layup by Snow following a steal by Aaron McKie cut it to 94-92 with 2:04 left. But Hamilton answered with a jumper to make it 96-92, and added two free throws that iced it with 1:10 left.

    "Billups has been a clutch player for us," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "He's made a lot of plays when it counted."

    Philadelphia, which trailed for most of the second half, took an 86-84 lead on two free throws by Kenny Thomas with 2:16 left. Thomas had stolen a pass from Hamilton before getting fouled by Robinson.

    Iverson made two free throws to make it 88-84, but the Sixers didn't score again in the final 2 minutes of the fourth quarter.

    Robinson cut it to 88-86 on two free throws with 43.3 seconds left.

    After a miss by Iverson, Snow appeared to get the loose ball, but a jump ball was called after he and Corliss Williamson fought for it on the floor. Williamson won the tap and hit a short jumper over Skinner that tied it at 88 with 3.8 seconds left.

    Iverson struggled in the second half, scoring just two points on a pair of free throws before hitting a jumper to tie it at 78 with 5:26 left in regulation. He made a 19-footer to tie it 80, and another jumper that made it 84-84.

    Detroit scored just three points in the opening half of the third quarter, and went more than five minutes without a point before Robinson hit a 3-pointer to give the Pistons a 56-50 lead.

    "The offense is getting better each game and we have a lot of weapons on this team," Hamilton said.

    The loudest cheers of the night, and perhaps of the season at the First Union Center, went to Eagles third-string quarterback A.J. Feeley, who watched the game near midcourt and received two standing ovations when he was introduced to the crowd in the third quarter. Feeley led the NFC East champion Eagles to a 4-1 record while filling in for injured quarterbacks Donovan McNabb and Koy Detmer.

    Game notes
    Iverson hadn't fouled out since Nov. 19, 1999. It was the ninth time he fouled out in his career. ... Detroit had lost six of seven at the First Union Center. ... Sixers center Todd MacCulloch, who is hobbled by a foot injury, didn't start for the second consecutive game, and didn't enter until late in the third quarter. ... Sixers rookie guard John Salmons didn't play because of a right hip strain. ... Pistons forward Mehmet Okur had five fouls and didn't score in 12 minutes. ... Robinson also fouled out early in overtime.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 103 94
    FGM-FGA 36-78 (.462) 31-79 (.392)
    3PM-3PA 7-16 (.438) 2-7 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 24-27 (.889) 30-38 (.789)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-43 16-46
    Assists 21 19
    Turnovers 16 14
    Steals 9 9
    Blocks 7 4
    Fast Break Points 4 2
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 32 (0/0) 28 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 29
    Reb: 8
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Allen Iverson Iverson
    Points: 25
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0