This should have been the streak's end.

The 76ers were at home, playing an injury-wracked opponent, a team with double-digit losses.

Plus, some lingering Allen Iverson effect was expected: a little boost, that je ne sais quoi he brings.

But tonight, the tangible energy expected to fill the Wachovia Center - only one game after Iverson's return - disappeared.

The Sixers' losing streak was extended to 11 games in a 90-86 loss to the Detroit Pistons.

Iverson made a mid-range jumper to tie the score with 1 minute, 4 seconds left.

With 8.7 seconds remaining, Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey hit the game-winner, a turnaround along the baseline, to give the Pistons the lead, 88-86.

Sixers swingman Andre Iguodala took the game's final meaningful shot, a wide-open three-pointer which he missed.

The Sixers dropped to 5-17 and the Pistons improved to 9-12.

The Sixers' last win came over the Charlotte Bobcats on Nov. 18.

On Monday against the Denver Nuggets, Iverson's return, 20,664 people packed into the Wachovia Center. Tonight, in his second game against one of his old teams, that number dropped to 12,136.

Along with the attendance, so too dropped Iverson's effectiveness. He played 33 minutes, scoring 11 points on 3-for-10 shooting. He had three assists, six turnovers and no rebounds.

Iguodala led the Sixers with 18 points; Stuckey paced the Pistons with 27.

Sixers center Samuel Dalembert finished with a double-double: 17 points and 11 rebounds.

The Pistons were without guards Ben Gordon and Richard Hamilton and forward Tayshaun Prince.

Although there was a new scorer on the floor for the Sixers - that would be Iverson - they still couldn't score in the first half.

Iverson tried a few of his old moves: even going with a crossover, step-back jumper that hit only air at the first-quarter buzzer.

Through one quarter, the Sixers scored 16 points.

Through two quarters, they scored 42.

No player better represented the Sixers struggles than Iverson: playing hard, but with little to show for it.

Iverson finished the half 1 for 6 from the field as the Sixers made only 15 field goals.

Iverson played the game's first 16 minutes. On one second-quarter play, he found himself alone inside the lane. The only thing standing between him and his second field goal was a layup he probably has made a thousand times before. Iverson went up with his left hand and laid it - much too hard - off the board. No good.

Moments later, he held his head in his hands as if wanting to erase the memory.

Thanks to five free throws, Iverson was the team's second-leading leading scorer, behind Elton Brand, at the half. Brand scored 13 points, Iverson seven.

Brand was the only efficient scorer of the Sixers' big four, which includes Thaddeus Young, Iguodala, and Iverson.

That trio finished the half 5 for 20 from the field. Iguodala scored five points, Young six.

And still it was enough to keep pace with the Pistons at halftime. The score was tied at the break, 42-42.

In the half, the Pistons shot only 40.5 percent from the field but made 92.3 percent of their free throws, making 12 of 13 from the line. Detroit had two starters (Jonas Jerebko and Ben Wallace) go scoreless in the first half.

Stuckey scored 13 points by halftime for Detroit, which also got 10 points from reserve big man Kwame Brown.

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.