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.
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
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
"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
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
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
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
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,"
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
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