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Iverson struggles as Pistons top Sixers


Iverson struggles as Pistons top Sixers

That set the scene for Stuckey to come through. Stuckey's emergence was a big reason why the Pistons felt they could trade Chauncey Billups to Denver for Iverson last season.

Stuckey went up for the shot, but Iguodala was in his face to knock the ball free. Stuckey pounced on the loose ball and tossed up a little fade that went through for the winner.

Iverson deferred to Iguodala on the final shot. No good and the Sixers slumped home losers again.

"We got everything that we wanted on that last play and more," Iverson said. "The shot just didn't go in. I'll take that same shot every time. He had a good look."

The Sixers were counting on Iverson's marquee name to serve as a box office. They drew 20,000-plus in his homecoming Monday night, but attendance plummeted to 12,136 against the Pistons. That's just a tick more than the 11,965 they averaged in their first eight home games.

Iverson blocked the first shot of the game, stripped Ben Wallace of the ball at the top of the key that led to a Sixers basket, and intercepted a pass as he was falling out of bounds during a frantic first quarter.

He's still looking to get his legs under him after long stretches of inactivity as a non-factor until the fourth.

Iverson shed no tears nor did he exchange emotional hugs in his first game against the Pistons. He complained last season once the Pistons made him a reserve and eventually had his season cut short because of a back injury.

He did not play in the postseason and the Pistons let his $20-plus million contract expire.

Jerebko finished with 17 points, Jason Maxiell had 12 and Wallace grabbed 12 rebounds.

Dalembert had 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers and Brand scored 17 points.

NOTES: The Pistons beat the Sixers for the fourth straight time. ... The Sixers were without G Jrue Holiday (shoulder). ... The Pistons made more free throws (21) than the Sixers attempted (19).


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Added: December 10, 2009

 

 
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