Just over two months after buying out Chris Webber's contract, the Philadelphia 76ers will get their first look at the revitalized forward when they visit the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.

When the Sixers decided it was time to rebuild, they traded Allen Iverson to Denver in December and waived Webber on Jan. 11 after buying out the five-time All-Star's contract. Webber quickly signed with his hometown Pistons five days later and has helped Detroit go 21-8 since his arrival, averaging 13.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game.

Webber and the Pistons (42-23), though, are coming off a 92-88 loss to Dallas on Sunday. Richard Hamilton, an 85.9 percent free-throw shooter, missed five free throws in the fourth quarter - including two that would have tied the game with three minutes left - as the Pistons had their five-game win streak snapped.

"We played our style of game," Hamilton told the team's official Web site. "We were right there and we didn't play our best game. I didn't have one of the greatest games in the world and we were still right there - tie game with less than three minutes left. We like our chances."

The Pistons have lost three in a row at home and Tuesday's contest is their last at The Palace of Auburn Hills before a three-game road trip takes them to Houston, San Antonio and Milwaukee.

"We've got to make ourselves right on Tuesday," coach Flip Saunders said. "We've got to win at home on Tuesday and then we've got three tough games again on the road. Our main thing is to keep on getting better and stay healthy. That's the key."

While Detroit has certainly gotten a boost from signing Webber, the 76ers (26-41) have fared better without him.

Philadelphia, which was 5-13 with Webber in the lineup, has gone 17-15 since waiving him, including a seven-game win streak earlier this month. The streak was the franchise's longest since winning nine in a row in 2003.

Philadelphia's run, though, was snapped last week and the Sixers have lost three of four, including a 124-74 defeat to the Rockets on Sunday. It was the worst home loss in franchise history and Philadelphia's largest margin of defeat in more than 14 years.

"There's not even a whole lot I can say about it," coach Maurice Cheeks said. "From the start of the game to the end of the game, they just beat us. From beginning to end, from coaches to players."

To snap out of the slump, the Sixers will need a better performance from Andre Iguodala, who had six points, four rebounds and four assists on 2-of-10 shooting Sunday. Iguodala was averaging 23.4 points, 6.8 rebounds and 5.5 assists over his last 11 games, leading Philadelphia to an 8-3 record in that stretch.

Iguodala hasn't been held to single-digit scoring in consecutive games all season.

Pistons point guard Chauncey Billups sat out for most of Friday's 105-83 win at Phoenix with an injured groin and missed Sunday's game. His status for Tuesday is uncertain.

"We're going to be cautious right now. We don't want him to tear anything," Saunders said.

Detroit has won 10 of its last 11 regular-season matchups against Philadelphia, including both meetings this season. Including the postseason, the Pistons are 14-2 against the Sixers since 2004.

These teams close out their season series April 15 in Detroit.

Copyright 2006 by STATS LLC and Associated Press. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited