Scouting Report: Sixers-Pistons

Unless the Sixers can duplicate and sustain the intensity they had in the first quarter of Game 1, the Pistons could run roughshod.

Updated: April 29, 2005, 6:11 PM ET
By Brian James | ESPN Insider
In Game 1, the Philadelphia 76ers came out like a heavyweight boxer trying for the quick knockout punch that would send the Detroit Pistons reeling early. But like any true champion, the Pistons weathered the barrage that helped the 76ers jump out to a early 16-point lead. Many teams would have folded.

Philly's tenacious defense, led by Allen Iverson and Andre Iguodala, tired somewhat after the first quarter. The Pistons' second unit jump-started the team in the second period, and the Pistons rode the momentum to a 106-85 victory. Here's the breakdown on what happened and what's in store for Game 2.


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