Technical fouls make some players timid, fearing an ejection. They fire up Rasheed Wallace.
Sparked by a technical, Wallace scored 11 of 15 points in the third quarter to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-84 victory over Philadelphia last night at Auburn Hills, Mich., and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.
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.
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, Chauncey Billups had 20 points and eight assists, Tayshaun Prince scored 14, and reserve Antonio McDyess added 12.
Samuel Dalembert had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Sixers. Kyle Korver had 8 points on 2-of-9 shooting after scoring just 2 in Game 1.
A Pistons fan was arrested after Iverson was struck with a coin with about two minutes left, and the incident did not escalate into a confrontation on the scale of the Nov. 19 Palace brawl involving Pistons fans and Indiana Pacers players.
Iverson was hit while sitting on the bench, Auburn Hills police Sgt. Rick Leonard said in a written statement. Other fans pointed out the suspect to police and Palace security.
The man, identified only as a 31-year-old Taylor, Mich., resident, was released pending a review of the incident by Oakland County prosecutors, Leonard said.
Heat 104, Nets 87 -- Alonzo Mourning, who wanted out of New Jersey so he could play for a title contender, had 21 points, and Dwyane Wade had 17 points and 10 assists as host Miami took a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. Shaquille O'Neal, Eddie Jones, and Damon Jones each finished with 14 points for the Heat, who moved to 38-5 at home this season.
Nenad Krstic had 27 points for New Jersey, which also got 21 points from Vince Carter, 14 from Richard Jefferson, and 10 from Jason Kidd.
Carter hit a short leaner with 7:32 left to bring the Nets within 79-67. But O'Neal, who was in danger of a playoff career low, converted a 3-point play on Miami's next possession. It gave O'Neal 9 points.
SuperSonics 105, Kings 93 -- Ray Allen scored 26 points and Jerome James added 19 points and nine rebounds, leading host Seattle over Sacramento for 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 with a decisive third quarter, then held off a fourth-quarter charge with the Sacramento starters on the bench.
Mike Bibby had 16 points and eight assists, a respectable follow-up after his 1-for-16 effort in Game 1. Bobby Jackson scored 17 points after going 0 for 7 in the opener, but it wasn't enough. . . .
Tracy McGrady surprised the rest of his Rockets teammates, and all of the Mavericks Monday night, by not stopping the clock and going straight up the court with 10.4 seconds left. With Yao Ming (33 points) doing his part by setting a screen near the 3-point arc, all McGrady had to do was bury his shot -- which, of course, he did.
McGrady's basket, a 2-pointer, and a miss by Michael Finley at the buzzer gave Houston a thrilling 113-111 victory over host Dallas and a 2-0 lead in their first-round series.