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
Prince, Wallace Help Pistons Even Series
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)

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. (Read more 2008 NBA playoffs stories.)

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