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NBA Game Summary - Detroit at LA Clippers

(Sunday, January 4th)

Final Score: Detroit 88, LA Clippers 87

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Rodney Stuckey continued to shine for the shorthanded Pistons, scoring 24 points, as Detroit narrowly edged the Clippers, 88-87, at Staples Center.

Tayshaun Prince provided 20 points and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have won seven straight games, continuing the streak Sunday even in the absence of Rasheed Wallace (foot) and Rip Hamilton (groin). Allen Iverson added 18 points and 10 assists, while Arron Afflalo had 10 points in the win.

Detroit continued its recent domination of the Clippers, beating them for the 12th straight time. LA hasn't topped the Pistons since November 3, 2002.

Eric Gordon scored a career-high 31 points for the Clippers, who have lost seven straight and were without Zach Randolph (knee) and Baron Davis (tailbone). Steve Novak posted 15 points, while Mardy Collins dished out a game-high 12 assists. Marcus Camby had 14 points and 20 rebounds, and Al Thornton provided 12 points in the loss.

"Our guys work hard. Gordon played a good game for us," Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Defensively, we were pretty good, but we missed some free throws that hurt us."

Up one heading into the fourth, Detroit used an 8-0 burst shortly into the final stanza to take a 78-70 lead on Antonio McDyess' free throws with seven minutes to play.

But the Clippers used an 8-0 run of their own moments later, and Gordon jumper tied the game at 80 with just under three minutes to play.

After the teams each hit a pair of free throws, the Pistons scored the next four points, as Iverson's baseline jumper put the visitors up 86-82 with 1:20 left.

Gordon hit two consecutive layups, with the second giving LA an 87-86 lead with 21.9 seconds left after his free throw completed the three-point play.

Iverson drove to the basket with under 10 seconds left, and Thornton committed a goaltending violation to give Detroit an 88-87 lead with 2.8 seconds to go.

"You know you're having a bad shooting day when you shoot the winning basket and it doesn't go in," Iverson said. "I knew it was going in, and then it got swatted away, but i knew it was goaltending."

Gordon caught the ensuing inbounds pass and launched a floater in the lane, but it went off the back of the rim to hand the win to the Pistons.

Gordon scored a game-high 10 points in the first quarter, but the Pistons held a slim 23-22 edge heading into the second. He ended up with 18 points at halftime, and the Clippers forged ahead, 54-52, at the break.

After 61 total points were scored in the second quarter, the teams combined for only 27 in the third. Detroit outscored the Clippers, 15-12, in the period, taking a 67-66 lead into the fourth.

Game Notes

The Clippers dominated at the free throw line, going 27-of-36 compared to just 13-of-16 for Detroit...Detroit shot 39.3 percent from the field, while LA shot 41.2 percent...The Pistons lead the all-time series with the Clippers, 67-30...The Clippers are 0-10 against the Eastern Conference this season.

01/04 18:43:23 ET

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