Prince, Wallace Help Pistons Even Series

Dominating second half halts 76ers' early momentum
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 27, 2008 11:21 PM CDT
Philadelphia 76ers Andre Iguodala, center, is guarded by Detroit Pistons' Richard Hamilton, left, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince, right, on Sunday, April 27, 2008, in Philadelphia.    (AP Photo/Tom Mihalek)
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(Newser) – The Pistons squashed the chatter about heading home with a series deficit. Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and made all but one shot from the field, and Detroit played with a purpose and dominated the second half to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 93-84 on Sunday night, tying the best-of-seven Eastern Conference playoff series at two. Game 5 is Tuesday in Detroit.

All the euphoria the Sixers created after a 20-point win last game only grew as they raced to a 14-point first-half lead. The younger, faster, confident Sixers were taking it to the aging, slumping Pistons again. Then the 59-win Pistons showed up early in the third quarter, posting an 11-0 run. Detroit’s Rasheed Wallace finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.