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Pistons Whip 76ers To Lead Series, 2-0

Associated Press
Wednesday, April 27, 2005; Page D03

Technical fouls make some players timid, fearing an ejection.

They fire up Rasheed Wallace.

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Sparked by a technical, Wallace scored 11 of his 15 points in the third quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-84 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers last night in Auburn Hills, Mich. , and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.

"That definitely amps him up. He lives for that," teammate Chauncey Billups said. "He doesn't try to get those technicals on purpose, but it's kind of funny that when he gets them, he gets a little more energy and a little more motivation.

"We don't like when he gets those technicals, but we like what happens afterward."

Allen Iverson scored 19 points on 7-of-24 shooting and Chris Webber had 15 for the 76ers, but their scoring wasn't enough to keep the game close against the defending NBA champions -- again. They combined for 57 points Saturday in Detroit's 106-85 victory.

Trailing by 20 midway through the fourth quarter, Philadelphia Coach Jim O'Brien opted to rest his two stars. Iverson's right elbow was X-rayed after the game and results were negative.

"It's been tough. It's been rough," Iverson said. "We just can't stop them. We have to come up with something -- some new scheme, some new idea."

Adding to his unpleasant night, a fan hit Iverson with a coin late in the game as he sat on the bench. The unidentified fan was arrested, according to Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek.

Game 3 is Friday in Philadelphia. NBA teams trailing 2-0 have rallied to advance just eight times in best-of-seven series.

Detroit's Richard Hamilton scored 23 points, Billups had 20 points and eight assists, Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points and Antonio McDyess added 12.

The Pistons trailed for the most part until they went on an 11-1 run midway through the second quarter to take a 40-34 lead.

Wallace was called for a technical early in the third quarter.

A couple of minutes later, after Philadelphia pulled within three, Wallace took over the game in the decisive stretch.

Wallace made two three-pointers to give Detroit a 59-50 lead, and his tip-in put the Pistons ahead, 69-57, at the end of the quarter.

• SUPERSONICS 105, KINGS 93: Ray Allen scored 26 points and Jerome James added 19 points and nine rebounds, helping host Seattle to a 2-0 lead in the Western Conference playoff series.

Rashard Lewis scored 12 points and Vladimir Radmanovic added 10 for the Sonics, who took control in the third quarter, then held off a fourth-quarter charge with the Sacramento starters on the bench.

Mike Bibby had 16 points and eight assists, and Bobby Jackson scored 17 points after going 0 for 7 in the opener.

Game 3 is Friday in Sacramento.

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