NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Detroit
(Monday, December 27th)
Final Score: Detroit 100, New Jersey 90 (OT)
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton scored five of his season-high 37 points in overtime to lead the Detroit Pistons past the New Jersey Nets, 100-90, at The Palace.
Tayshaun Prince chipped in 18 points, nine rebounds and seven assists for Detroit, which has won two in a row and seven of its last 11 contests. Chauncey Billups collected 13 points and nine assists in the win.
"In the last two games, the coaches have definitely given us a lot more freedom to do things on offense," said Hamilton. "I think that's what got me my shots tonight."
Richard Jefferson paced New Jersey with 27 points to go along with seven boards. Vince Carter netted 23 points in his Nets debut. After playing 42 minutes, he was forced to leave the contest with 2:13 remaining in overtime due to cramping in his left leg.
"I'm okay -- it just cramped up," Carter said. "I'll be fine as soon as I get some fluids into me."
Carter was acquired from Toronto in a trade 10 days ago in exchange for center Alonzo Mourning, forward Eric Williams, center/forward Aaron Williams and two conditional first-round draft picks. However, Carter had been sidelined with a strained left Achilles' tendon.
After Jefferson opened the extra session with a 17-foot jumper, Detroit countered with a 9-0 spurt, highlighted by Ben Wallace's dunk, to grab a 96-89 lead with just 1:01 left.
Jefferson then sank 1-of-2 foul shots to make it a six-point game and New Jersey fouled Billups at the other end with 44 seconds remaining. Billups proceeded to hit both free throws to seal it. Hamilton added two more foul shots to account for the final margin.
"We finally slowed down their fast break and got some things of our own going," said Billups. "When you hit some shots and you take care of the ball, you are always going to have a chance to win the game."
Jefferson's three-pointer early in the fourth quarter staked New Jersey to a 69-61 lead.
Detroit battled back and cut the deficit to 75-74 on Billups' jumper with 8:03 left in regulation. However, the Nets responded with a 9-2 run, culminated by Jason Collins' jumper, to push their advantage back to eight with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the fourth.
The Pistons then scored the next nine points to move in front 85-84 with 1:40 left. Billups' three-pointer culminated the spurt.
After Collins made a pair of free throws to put New Jersey back in front, Hamilton banked in a short runner to give Detroit an 87-86 lead. Nenad Krstic then made 1-of-2 attempts from the stripe with 19.4 seconds remaining to tie the contest.
On the final possession of regulation, Rasheed Wallace missed a shot from the corner for Detroit and the teams went to overtime.
The Pistons were clinging to an early one-point lead, before going on a 10-3 run, keyed by six points from Hamilton, to stretch the margin to eight at 19-11.
Later in the first quarter, Detroit held a 24-17 advantage following a free throw by Antonio McDyess. However, Travis Best hit back-to-back jumpers to close the period, pulling New Jersey within three after 12 minutes.
The Nets then scored the first six points of the second quarter to move ahead 27-24. New Jersey held a 35-34 edge, before closing the period with a 13-4 spurt to take a 10-point lead into the locker room. Carter had five points during the late surge.
New Jersey was still in front by 10 at 54-44 with 8:48 remaining in the third quarter. Detroit then went on a 10-2 run, capped by Prince's basket, to pull within two.
Carter then answered with a three-pointer to push the margin back to five. The Nets eventually held a 66-61 advantage after 36 minutes.
Ben Wallace finished with eight points and a season-high 18 boards...Krstic had 13 points and nine rebounds...The Pistons improved to 4-0 in overtime this season...New Jersey has dropped four of its last six games...The Nets have lost 18 of their last 20 at Detroit.
12/27 23:43:55 ET