In what has become the first surprise of the 2008 NBA playoffs, the Philadelphia 76ers, led by Andre Miller and Andre Iguodala and with the help of a strong performance from their bench, went into the Palace of Auburn Hills and upset the Detroit Pistons, taking Game 1, 90-86.
Miller scored 20 and Iguodala added 16 as Philadelphia led a come-from-behind victory to take the series lead 1-0.
Trailing 51-38 at the half, Philadelphia stormed back, outscoring the Pistons 27-16 in the final period. The Sixers’ poor free-throw shooting (19-27, 70 percent) and lack of a three-point game (1-for-5 for the entire game) was offset by their strong defensive play, limiting the Pistons to 35 second-half points and allowing them to shoot only 39 percent from the field.
The Sixers have now proven this series will not be as easy for the Pistons as many predicted and that they have a legitimate chance to advance to round two. If they continue to play strong defense and can develop more consistency at the free-throw line, they may just end up being this year's Golden State, pulling the upset over the much higher seed.
Philadelphia is brimming with confidence after this first win and Coach of the Year candidate Maurice Cheeks clearly has his guys believing they can take the series. Whether this belief will come to fruition is yet to be seen, but as Game 1 indicates, this series just got a little more interesting.