NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Detroit
(Sunday, February 21st)
Final Score: Detroit 109, San Antonio 101 (OT)
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton ended with 27 points, helping Detroit topple San Antonio 109-101 in overtime after blowing a double-digit lead with five minutes left in regulation.
Rodney Stuckey chipped in 20 points and six assists, and Ben Gordon had 21 and five for the Pistons, who had lost three of four coming in. Tayshaun Prince tallied 16 points and nine rebounds for the victors.
Tim Duncan put up 29 points and 10 rebounds, while Manu Ginobili and George Hill netted 21 and 17 points, respectively, for the Spurs, who played without point guard Tony Parker (hip) and finished their road trip with a 4-4 mark.
A Stuckey bucket yielded an 87-76 Pistons advantage with just under five minutes left in regulation, but Ben Wallace's 4-of-10 effort from the free throw line over the next three minutes kept the Spurs in it.
Ginobili drained a pair of free throws in between two makes from long range, the latter three cutting San Antonio's deficit to 91-90 with 1:23 to play.
It was a three-point game after two free throws for Hamilton, who was whistled for a dead ball foul with 44.5 seconds showing. Ginobili hit the gift-wrapped free throw and drove in for the tying layup with 27.5 left.
With time winding down, Wallace tapped back Gordon's missed reverse layup to Prince, who bricked a jumper from the top of the key to send the game to another five minutes.
"We very easily could have hung our heads and a lot of things didn't go the way we (Detroit) wanted them to but they kept their poise, they showed their character and especially in overtime we did a great job of executing and making shots," Pistons head coach John Kuester said.
Hamilton was whistled for a technical prior to the OT tip, and Ginobili made the freebie for the unusual one-point lead heading into extra time.
Prince's hook shot put the Pistons in front for good, as Stuckey sank a three- ball and Hamilton converted a three-point play around a Duncan bank shot for a 101-96 lead with two minutes remaining.
The Pistons held on by making all six of their foul shots over the final minute.
"Like many NBA games down the stretch you need to make shots and Detroit did. We shot poorly from three again and it made a difference for us. In the end it comes down to making shots down the stretch," said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich.
An evenly played first half saw a 24-all tie at the end of 12 minutes and a 45-all tie after 24.
Detroit broke another deadlocked score midway through the third with seven straight points, as Stuckey's three-pointer gave the hosts a 63-56 lead.
San Antonio pulled within 69-67 heading to the fourth.
Jonas Jerebko posted seven points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which was outscored 44-26 in the paint despite winning the battle on the glass, 49-32...Antonio McDyess posted 13 points and eight rebounds for the Spurs.
02/22 00:05:47 ET