AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 23 (Ticker) -- Antonio McDyess and Rasheed Wallace got the Detroit Pistons moving forward.

McDyess scored 11 of his 15 points in the second quarter and Wallace 16 of his 29 in the third period as the Pistons rebounded for a 106-85 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

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The second-seeded Pistons began defense of their NBA title by shaking off a slow start that saw them fall behind by 16 points. They used their familiar formula of muscle and hustle to slow down Allen Iverson and the seventh-seeded 76ers, who began the game in fifth gear.

The Pistons are heavy favorites in this series because of their huge advantages in size and quickness at forward and center. That was evident as Detroit held a 48-35 edge in rebounding that forced Philadelphia to walk the ball upcourt.

"I was just in the room, trying to figure out who the best player on the Pistons is, and I think I came out with a five-way tie," Philadelphia coach Jim O'Brien said.

The Sixers began looking to turn the game into a track meet. They forced turnovers, scored a handful of transition baskets - including thunderous dunks by Andre Iguodala and Samuel Dalembert off gorgeous feeds from Iverson - and opened a 28-12 lead late in the first quarter.

The 6-9 McDyess came off the bench and provided a huge lift in the second period, when the Pistons had a pair of 10-0 bursts. He made 5-of-6 shots and teamed with Ben Wallace to attack the offensive glass, which throttled Philadelphia's running game.

"It feels good," said McDyess, playing in his first playoff game in seven years. "I didn't know what to expect when I first came in. I was kind of mad, I was over there pouting when they were up 16. But I needed to calm down. When I stepped on the floor, I just felt like I needed to provide the energy, I needed to provide the scoring or whatever it takes to get this team back into it. I felt like I did that."

Detroit led in second-chance points, 14-6, and points in the paint, 42-26.

"We started off on the fast break and that's what we wanted to do," Iguodala said. "They stepped up their defense and it really slowed us down. They really killed us on the glass. Next time we get into the game, we have to keep them off the glass and limit their second-chance points. We need to keep pushing the tempo."

Detroit held a 48-46 halftime lead when 6-11 Rasheed Wallace emerged from a first-half funk to score nine points in an 11-3 run that opened the third quarter and pushed the lead to double digits. He had a dunk and found Richard Hamilton for a dunk that made it 74-61 late in the period.

McDyess said he was expecting that kind of performance from Rasheed Wallace.

"He played unbelievable," McDyess said. "I knew it was going to be a good night for him when he came in with his championship belt on. I was just looking for what he was going to give us tonight."

A 3-pointer by Iverson, who had 30 points and 10 assists, opened the final period and pulled the Sixers within 80-73. But Rasheed Wallace drained a pair of 3-pointers and McDyess made a layup to rebuild the lead to 96-79 with 4:26 to go.

"You can't win basketball games like that," Iverson said. "We challenged shots at a high rate in the first quarter, but in the second, they got a lot of uncontested shots. That's not how you beat the defending champions."

Rasheed Wallace grabbed 10 rebounds, McDyess eight and Ben Wallace 10 with seven blocks, which tied a 1976 team playoff record set by Bob Lanier. Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and Hamilton added 17 for the Pistons, who host Game Two of the best-of-seven series Tuesday.

"There's no pressure on us," Rasheed Wallace said. "Most of the attention is on Miami and San Antonio. We like being on the back burner."

Chris Webber scored 27 points for the Sixers, who are back in the playoffs after a one-year absence. However, the 6-10 Webber had just three rebounds, which was not enough help for Dalembert.

Playing his first postseason game, Dalembert had 10 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks. His activity helped Philadelphia get off to a quick start.

"I thought the difference was the energy," Ben Wallace said. "Once we attacked the offensive glass, we started to get some put-backs and it put pressure on them. They've got a lot of guys that like to leak out. They were leaking out and we were getting offensive putbacks and we were able to slow them down."