AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Nov. 6 (Ticker) -- Rasheed Wallace
Detroit Pistons were too big for Allen Iverson
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Wallace scored 12 of his 16 points in a six-minute span of the
third quarter as the Pistons used a dominant performance by
their frontcourt to overwhelm the 76ers, 99-91.
had 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocks and
added 11, 16 and five for the Pistons, who held a
50-41 advantage on the glass, blocked 13 shots and totally
controlled the interior.
The smallish Sixers were overmatched at every frontcourt
position, especially with center Samuel Dalembert
sidelined by a
right hamstring strain. They were pushed around inside and
settled for perimeter shots.
"It's a nightmare," Iverson said. "We get the ball in close and
it comes right back at you, but you have to keep trying."
Point guard Chauncey Billups
, who led the Pistons with 20 points
and 10 assists, knows his team's frontcourt presents problems
for almost every opponent.
"We usually have an advantage with our front line because it's
big, it's athletic and it's mobile," Billups said. "We try to
take advantage of their length. Rasheed and Ben and Tayshaun
(Prince) have the ability to stay in front of guys and contest
shots. They did a great job tonight."
"We've got a big front line -- everybody's 6-10 and up," McDyess
said. "Ben's 6-9, but he plays like he's 7-foot. He plays the
biggest on the team. It's going to be fun because we can just
keep bringing them in and out."
Iverson scored 31 points on 12-of-19 shooting. But he did not
get much help as the rest of Philadelphia's starters combined
for 30 points.
"We have to establish a low-post presence and that's a tough
team to do that against because they're so much bigger than we
are," Sixers coach Jim O'Brien said. "Allen can't be expected
to always carry the load."
Quiet in the first half, Rasheed Wallace helped the Pistons
widen a 53-46 halftime lead. He made 1-of-2 free throws, a
three-point play and a 3-pointer to push the advantage to 60-48.
Rasheed Wallace added another basket and 3-pointer to make it
68-52 with 6:45 left in the third quarter, and the Pistons led
by double digits until the final seconds.
Ben Wallace was controlled the defensive end with his rebounding
and shot-blocking. He got some help from McDyess, who had
struggled in his first two games with his new club.
"I wasn't looking for shots," McDyess said. "I was just trying
to play defense. I'm glad I was able to contribute more tonight
than I did the first two games."
Assistant Gar Heard, who is filling while coach Larry Brown
recovers from hip surgery, said he changed his bench rotation
after the reserves scored only six points in Friday's loss at
"We tried to get Antonio and Carlos Delfino
in with some of
our starters so they don't feel as though they have to carry the
load themselves," Heard said. "I thought it worked out well. We
cut down our rotation a little bit and went with eight or nine
guys. That's the way we have to play until they get used to each
"Sometimes it's easier to get going with the starters, and then
when he throws the rest of the bench players in there, you've
already gotten started," McDyess said.
Iverson wasn't the factor in the second half that he was before
halftime, when he scored 23 points. Philadelphia shot under 39
"They paid a lot more attention to me in the second half, so I
did what a point guard is supposed to do, look for the open
man," said Iverson, who had five assists. "We just didn't knock
down our shots."