76ers ride Iguodala's triple double

PHILADELPHIA — Andre Iguodala celebrated his 28th birthday with the eighth triple double of his career.

He also continued to show that he's worthy of his first All-Star berth in eight NBA seasons.

Iguodala had 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his fourth triple double this season and the 76ers won their second straight game, 95-74 over the struggling Pistons on Saturday night.

Iguodala, who was playing in front of his mother and a number of friends, received an ovation from the crowd when he secured his triple double with a defensive rebound with 7:34 remaining.

"To me, winning is the most important thing," Iguodala said. "As long as we are continuing to win, that's most important. Stats are nice, and I'm happy to get the triple double, but I'm most pleased that we got another win."

The 76ers improved to 14-6 and 10-2 at home. They are 3-1 on this seven-game homestand, which gets markedly tougher this week with visits from the Magic on Monday, the Bulls on Wednesday and the Heat on Friday.

"'Dre is such an unselfish guy on offense," 76ers coach Doug Collins said. "Sometimes I have to go to him and say, 'I really need you to shoot the ball.' "

Howard miffed at Magic teammates

Magic center Dwight Howard, frustrated with his teammates' play in a 93-67 loss to the Hornets on Friday, had pointed words for them during and after Orlando's third loss in four games.

"Looked like guys didn't want to play," Howard said. "I told them at halftime, 'If you don't want to play, just stay in the locker room.' It doesn't make sense for a team we should beat to just demolish us."

"You bring everything down," Howard added, referring to a player who apparently isn't playing hard enough.

"It hurts me to get out there and play your hardest. I expect everybody to play the same. I'm not calling anybody out by no means, because we all have to get better … but if you don't want to be out there, don't dress up."

Game highlights: JaVale McGee scored 22 and had 10 rebounds as the Wizards defeated the host Bobcats for the second time in a week, 102-99. Matt Carroll's 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell short. … Chase Budinger scored 19 and the host Rockets beat the Knicks 97-84 for their ninth win in 10 games.

Around the league: Bucks forward Stephen Jackson was suspended for one game by the NBA for verbal abuse of a game official and failure to leave the court in a timely manner Friday against the Bulls.

76ers 95, Pistons 74

DETROIT (74): Prince 3-9 0-2 6, Wallace 0-0 0-0 0, Monroe 6-19 4-4 16, Knight 4-17 0-0 9, Stuckey 3-9 5-5 11, Jerebko 0-2 2-2 2, Russell Jr. 1-8 0-0 3, Daye 5-8 1-2 12, Maxiell 4-7 1-2 9, Wilkins 1-2 0-0 2, Macklin 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 29-83 13-17 74.

PHILADELPHIA (95): Iguodala 4-7 1-2 10, Brand 6-11 2-2 14, Battie 0-1 0-0 0, Holiday 5-10 2-3 13, Meeks 4-8 0-0 12, Allen 3-6 1-1 7, Williams 5-12 4-5 17, Young 4-11 0-0 8, Turner 6-8 0-2 12, Elson 1-1 0-0 2, Brackins 0-1 0-0 0, Nocioni 0-2 0-0 0. Totals 38-78 10-15 95.

Detroit 14 17 22 21— 74

Philadelphia 24 18 27 26— 95

3-Point GoalsDetroit 3-11 (Daye 1-2, Russell Jr. 1-3, Knight 1-4, Prince 0-1, Jerebko 0-1), Philadelphia 9-15 (Meeks 4-6, Williams 3-4, Holiday 1-2, Iguodala 1-2, Nocioni 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDetroit 54 (Monroe 10), Philadelphia 49 (Iguodala 10). AssistsDetroit 18 (Russell Jr. 5), Philadelphia 27 (Iguodala 10). Total FoulsDetroit 11, Philadelphia 18. TechnicalsMonroe, Philadelphia defensive three second. A18,710 (20,318).

Wizards 102, Bobcats 99

WASHINGTON (102): Lewis 3-7 2-2 10, Vesely 1-4 0-1 2, McGee 9-14 4-8 22, Wall 5-12 2-2 13, Young 9-15 2-2 21, Booker 6-6 4-4 16, Blatche 2-5 0-0 4, Singleton 0-0 0-0 0, Mack 1-1 0-0 2, Crawford 4-12 2-2 12, Seraphin 0-0 0-0 0, Mason 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 40-76 16-21 102.

CHARLOTTE (99): Thomas 6-12 1-2 13, Diaw 7-11 6-10 21, Diop 0-4 1-4 1, Walker 8-18 2-4 20, Carroll 4-13 4-5 13, Mullens 10-17 3-4 23, Biyombo 1-1 0-0 2, Brown 2-4 0-0 4, Higgins 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 39-83 17-29 99.

Washington 26 32 25 19— 102

Charlotte 26 22 30 21— 99

3-Point GoalsWashington 6-11 (Lewis 2-3, Crawford 2-5, Wall 1-1, Young 1-2), Charlotte 4-11 (Walker 2-4, Diaw 1-2, Carroll 1-3, Mullens 0-1, Brown 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsWashington 39 (McGee 10), Charlotte 58 (Thomas, Walker 10). AssistsWashington 26 (Wall 10), Charlotte 31 (Walker 11). Total FoulsWashington 24, Charlotte 15. TechnicalsBooker, Mullens. A17,761.

Rockets 97, Knicks 84

NEW YORK (84): Walker 2-9 0-0 5, Stoudemire 10-20 3-4 23, Chandler 5-7 4-5 14, Douglas 3-13 0-0 7, Fields 0-2 0-0 0, Novak 1-5 0-0 3, Shumpert 5-13 1-2 11, Jeffries 2-3 0-0 5, Bibby 0-3 0-0 0, Lin 3-9 3-4 9, Balkman 1-3 0-0 3, Jordan 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 34-89 11-15 84.

HOUSTON (97): Parsons 0-4 0-0 0, Scola 6-13 0-0 12, Dalembert 3-6 1-2 7, Lowry 1-6 1-2 3, Lee 6-12 1-1 14, Hill 6-7 2-2 14, Budinger 7-12 3-3 19, Dragic 6-8 3-4 16, Patterson 3-7 0-0 6, Flynn 0-1 2-2 2, Thabeet 0-0 0-0 0, Adrien 0-1 4-6 4, Williams 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-77 17-22 97.

New York 21 25 14 24— 84

Houston 20 33 22 22— 97

3-Point GoalsNew York 5-26 (Jeffries 1-1, Balkman 1-3, Novak 1-4, Douglas 1-5, Walker 1-7, Fields 0-1, Lin 0-1, Shumpert 0-2, Bibby 0-2), Houston 4-12 (Budinger 2-4, Lee 1-2, Dragic 1-2, Parsons 0-1, Lowry 0-3). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 46 (Chandler 11), Houston 57 (Dalembert 14). AssistsNew York 17 (Lin 6), Houston 19 (Dragic 5). Total FoulsNew York 16, Houston 20. TechnicalsChandler. A18,051.

Information from the Orlando Sentinel was used in this report.

76ers ride Iguodala's triple double 01/28/12 [Last modified: Saturday, January 28, 2012 11:23pm]

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