NBA Game Summary - Toronto at Detroit
(Wednesday, December 8th)
Final Score: Detroit 90, Toronto 86 (OT)
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton scored six of his 11 points in overtime to lift Detroit over Toronto, 90-86, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ben Wallace posted 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who won their third straight game. Wallace has a double-double in six of the 10 games he has played in this year and Detroit is 7-3 with their big man in the lineup.
"We just got back from a long trip, and I felt like I had hands of stone out there," Wallace said. "But the way we played at the end is how we won a championship last year, and that has to start with me."
Detroit has tallied a 6-1 mark at the Palace this season.
Donyell Marshall recorded season highs with 22 points and 14 boards for the Raptors, who have dropped five consecutive contests. The Raptors have struggled mightily on the road this year, losing 12 of 14 games.
The Raptors suffered another blow as All-Star swingman Vince Carter hurt his left ankle injury during Wednesday's contest. Carter sustained the injury early in the third quarter when he was driving the baseline. He fell to the ground and walked to the locker room with the assistance of his teammates.
Toronto was trailing by 13 early in the fourth, but went on a 20-4 run to hop in front. Marshall capped off the burst on a three-pointer with 3:14 remaining that gave his team a 78-75 edge.
The Raptors pushed their lead to 80-76 in the fourth, but Detroit tallied the final four points of regulation to force overtime. Hamilton knotted the game at 80-80 on a jumper with 1:25 left.
Rasheed Wallace missed a three-pointer at the horn which would have given Detroit the win in regulation.
Detroit never trailed in the overtime after Hamilton opened the scoring on a jumper 1:06 in to put it ahead 82-20.
The Raptors tied the game at 82-82, but Hamilton scored another basket with 2:18 remaining and Detroit led the rest of the way.
In the overtime, the Pistons went up by as many as six at 90-84.
The Pistons tallied seven of the first nine points of the game, but still trailed 20-17 after the opening 12 minutes.
Toronto held that advantage the entire second quarter until the final minute and change. With just 1:08 left in the half, Darko Milicic hit a pair of free throws to give the Pistons a 38-37 edge, which carried into the intermission.
Midway through the third, Toronto knotted the game at 49-49 on a pair of Chris Bosh free throws.
However, the Pistons responded with a 20-8 sprint to end the frame to take a 69-58 lead into the fourth.
Toronto won the first meeting between these teams, 101-89, on November 5 at the Air Canada Centre...Detroit has taken nine of the last 12 overall with Toronto...Detroit improved to 3-0 in OT, while Toronto fell to 0-2.
12/09 00:01:36 ET