AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 15 (Ticker) -- Allen Iverson and the Philadelphia 76ers showed their fight. The Detroit Pistons displayed their championship pedigree.

Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince made clutch shots in the final 80 seconds as the Pistons recovered after blowing a big lead to edge the 76ers, 99-95, for their fifth straight win.

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"This is the fourth (game) in five nights and it feels like it," Billups said. "Games like this and wins like this mean a lot. It's better than winning a game by 20 points, or 10-12 points. Winning a game like this just builds a lot of character and builds trust in everybody. This was a great win."

Detroit coach Larry Brown said he could tell a lot of his players were running on empty.

"We're fortunate we got a win," Brown said. "I don't know how, but we'll take it. I think under the circumstances, this was probably the most meaningful win for me as a coach, watching what these guys did. They could have packed it in."

The defending NBA champion Pistons (22-14) methodically worked their way to an 80-66 lead early in the fourth quarter, relying on Richard Hamilton's offense and an assault on the offensive glass.

But the 76ers (16-20) went to a small lineup and rallied to take the lead with a 25-8 surge over the next nine minutes. Iverson had a 3-pointer and three-point play before his two free throws with 2:12 left gave Philadelphia a 90-88 lead, its first since 4-3.

"Going small energized us and we got back into the game," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said. "Then we went bigger and got over the hump."

The Pistons appeared to be unraveling as they missed a shot, committed a foul and saw forward Antonio McDyess whistled for a technical foul. Three free throws by Kyle Korver pushed the advantage to 93-88 with 1:58 to play before Detroit called timeout and regrouped.

After Hamilton drove for a hoop, Billups drilled a tying 3-pointer at the 1:20 mark. Iverson, who had 28 points and a season-high 13 assists, took a bad shot and Wallace made him pay by popping free for a 17-footer with 48 seconds left.

Rookie Andre Iguodala tied it with a reverse layup with 38 seconds remaining, but Prince struck at the other end with a 12-footer over Iguodala with 24 seconds to go.

"We had run the first play for Rip (Hamilton) and we came back with the same play and they thought we were going the same way, so it was definitely a good read," Prince said. "I just had to make a play."

The Sixers had two good chances to tie or win, but Korver missed an open 3-pointer and Kenny Thomas missed a 15-footer. Prince sank two free throws with a second left to seal the win.

"I was wide open," said Korver, who made 2-of-5 3-pointers and scored 11 points. "I was so open that it surprised me, but it didn't go in. That happens. Maybe next time."

Iverson was disappointed in the loss, but not in the chances the 76ers had at the end.

"It was perfect," he said. "I'd take it anytime. I'd take the shot Kenny had. We had the opportunity to tie it up and go into overtime, we just couldn't get it done. You can make all the excuses you want. They were just better than us tonight. But we'll be back."

Hamilton scored 25 points, Prince added 19 and Ben Wallace 14 and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won 10 of 12 since a 12-12 start.

"We're playing a lot better now," said Billups, who had 12 points, nine assists and seven rebounds. "We're playing a lot like we did last year; we're starting to regain some of our form."

The Pistons held a 45-38 advantage on the boards but hurt themselves with 20 turnovers, which led to 22 Philadelphia points.

Thomas had 16 points and 12 rebounds and Marc Jackson scored 14 points for the Sixers, who had six players in double figures but lost for the fourth time in five games. Philadelphia has lost 14 of its last 21 in Detroit.

"That's why the Pistons win championships," Korver said. "They are tough. We should have put them away, but we didn't get it done."