(The Sixers’ Andre Iguodala blocking the shot of the Pistons’ Tayshaun Prince)

On the same day ESPN’s John Hollinger published findings that revealed Philly G Allen Iverson to be the NBA’s biggest ball hog, Iverson tallied 10 assists (along with 39 points) and F Andre Iguodala earned the first triple double by a rookie in more than a year, as the Sixers destroyed the defending champion Pistons, 107-84.

(Tim Thomas takes out Ricky Davis with a little move Rob Van Dam taught him. Not pictured : Doc Rivers’ standing ovation).

Philadelphia maintained their 3 1/2 game lead over New York for the Eastern Conference’s 8th and final playoff spot, the Knicks keeping pace with a startling 107-82 knockout of what had previously looked like a surging Boston squad at MSG. Said contest featured a plethora of technical fouls on both sides, Boston’s Raef Lafrentz getting hit with a flagrant foul for mugging Michael Sweetny.