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Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011

Pistons survive mutiny, fall to 76ers

PHILADELPHIA (AP) The 76ers finally got even.

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Tough on both ends: Oklahoma City's Nick Collison drives on Orlando's Dwight Howard in the first half on Friday night. The Magic beat the Thunder 111-88. AP PHOTO

Elton Brand had 20 points and 17 rebounds, and the hard-charging Philadelphia 76ers reached .500 for the first time this season in a 110-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Led by a resurgent Brand, the Sixers have rebounded from a 3-13 start to get to 29-29. Coach Doug Collins had already in his first season led the Sixers to more wins than they had a year ago.

Philadelphia has won 12 of 16 and is in seventh place in the Eastern Conference.

"This is a great night for our team and our fans," Collins said.

It was a clunker of a day for the Pistons.

Detroit used six players in the latest embarrassment for the fallen franchise. Several Pistons skipped at least part of Friday's shootaround and sat out their third straight loss.

Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady, Ben Wallace and Rodney Stuckey did not start. Coach John Kuester wasn't around for the finish — he was ejected in the second quarter after he was whistled for two quick technical fouls arguing a non-call.

Kuester called the personnel situation "an internal matter" and there was no word if the DNP'ers would be available for Saturday's home game against Utah.

"The guys at the shootaround were going to get the minutes," Kuester said.

"I thought they played their hearts out. They tried so hard. I was proud of them."

The short-handed Pistons trailed by nine late in the third until Lou Williams and Jrue Holiday hit consecutive 3s that carried the Sixers into a dominant finish.

Andre Iguodala had 21 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds for the Sixers. Thaddeus Young shot 12 of 15 and scored 24.

The Sixers are 26-16 over their last 42 games and have the ninth-best winning percentage in the NBA since Nov. 27.

Detroit spokesman Cletus Lewis said Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox, Stuckey and Austin Daye missed the bus for a shootaround, with Stuckey and Daye able to arrive late.

Prince, McGrady and Wallace also missed the shootaround. Lewis said Prince had an upset stomach, McGrady had a headache and Wallace was tending to an unspecified family matter.

Kuester was tossed in the second quarter — while McGrady and his teammates laughed as their coach headed toward the locker room.

Will Bynum led the Pistons with 29 points, Charlie Villanueva had 17, and Ben Gordon and Greg Monroe each had 16.

Cavaliers 115, Knicks 109

In Cleveland, Carmelo Anthony missed a key late free throw and fouled out of his first road game with New York, which took the Cavs too lightly and was beaten by the fired-up hosts.

Anthony finished with 27 points but missed a foul shot with 25 seconds left that would have brought the Knicks within two. Amare Stoudemire had 31 points and Chauncey Billups, the other guy in the Anthony deal, scored 20 of his 26 in the fourth trying to rally New York.

Veteran forward Antawn Jamison scored 28 for the Cavs, who have beaten the Knicks twice this season.

Magic 111, Thunder 88

In Orlando, Dwight Howard had 40 points and 15 rebounds, powering the Magic to their first win since the All-Star break.

Lakers 108, Clippers 95

In Los Angeles, Kobe Bryant scored 18 of his 24 points in the third quarter, Pau Gasol added 22 points, and the Lakers won their third game in four days out of the All-Star break.

Heat 121, Wizards 113

In Miami, Dwyane Wade scored 41 points, LeBron James added 25 points, nine rebounds and seven assists and the Heat pulled away in the fourth quarter.

Spurs 106, Nets 96

In San Antonio, All-Star Deron Williams had 14 points and 12 assists in his debut with New Jersey, but Manu Ginobili scored 26 to lead the Spurs to the victory.

Hawks 95, Warriors 79

In Oakland, Josh Smith scored 26 points, Al Horford had 22 points and 12 rebounds and Atlanta snapped a three-game slide.

Bobcats 110, Kings 98

In Charlotte, Stephen Jackson scored 30 points, D.J. Augustin added 23 and the Bobcats began life without Gerald Wallace with a win.

Suns 110, Raptors 92

In Toronto, Vince Carter scored 17 points, Marcin Gortat had 17 points and 11 rebounds and Phoenix won its 13th straight game over the Raptors.

Hornets 95, Timberwolves 81

In Minneapolis, Trevor Ariza scored 18 points and Chris Paul had 17 points and eight assists, helping New Orleans hand Minnesota its seventh straight loss.

The T-Wolves' Kevin Love grabbed his 10th rebound early in the fourth quarter to extend his double-double streak to 45 straight games and pass Moses Malone for the second-longest since the NBA-ABA merger in 1976.

Jazz 95, Pacers 84

In Indianapolis, Al Jefferson scored 30 points as Utah snapped a five-game skid.

Blazers 107, Nuggets 106 (OT)

In Portland, Brandon Roy hit a 3-pointer with 5.8 seconds remaining to send the game to overtime as the Trail Blazers won for the seventh time in eight games.

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