NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Atlanta
(Monday, March 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 114, Atlanta 108 (OT)
Atlanta, GA (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups scored seven of his 22 points in overtime as Detroit earned a 114-108 victory over Atlanta at Philips Arena.
Tayshaun Prince netted a career-best 31 points and Rasheed Wallace delivered a season-best 28 along with 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who snapped a four-game losing streak on the road. Richard Hamilton added 23 points to help Detroit to its third win in four games overall.
Al Harrington poured in a season-high 37 points on 17-of-28 shooting before fouling out in the extra session for the Hawks, who fell for the 15th time in 16 outings. Tyronn Lue racked up 27 points and 10 assists and Tom Gugliotta contributed 14 points off the bench.
Billups hit the biggest shot of the overtime period, a deep three-pointer with 2:02 remaining which put Detroit up 108-104. A spinning layup from Prince on the Pistons' next possession extended the margin to six and Wallace sealed the win by sinking two free throws with 59 seconds left for a 112-104 lead.
"I think we showed some class down the stretch and I thought in overtime we played the way we should have been playing," said Pistons acting head coach Gar Heard.
Gugliotta's three-pointer with 6.4 seconds to go in regulation sent the game into extra minutes tied at 100-100.
The Hawks trailed 55-46 at halftime but grabbed their first lead of the night after putting together a 12-2 run midway through the third quarter. A short jumper by Harrington at the 5:24 mark knotted the score at 64-64 and Lue canned a jumper 30 seconds later to give Atlanta a two-point edge.
The Hawks outscored Detroit 31-17 in the third period and held a 77-72 lead heading into the final 12 minutes of regulation.
"We just kept competing," said Lue. "They came out and made shots early. We stayed in it mentally and came back in the second half and played hard. We gave it all we could, but weren't able to get the win."
The Pistons then recorded the first seven points of the fourth quarter and went ahead 79-77 on Wallace's dunk with 9:37 remaining.
Consecutive three-point plays from Hamilton gave Detroit a seemingly- comfortable 89-81 advantage with under six minutes left, but Atlanta answered with a 7-0 run and moved within a point when Lue sank a technical foul shot with 3:35 left.
The game remained tight down the stretch, with Hamilton's two free throws with 15 seconds left putting Detroit ahead 100-97 and setting the stage for Gugliotta's clutch triple.
The Pistons took control with an early 9-2 run, highlighted by a pair of three-pointers from Wallace, which gave the visitors a 24-13 lead.
Detroit shot 65 percent in the first quarter and were up by as many as 12 points before baskets by Jason Collier and Royal Ivey in the final minute trimmed Atlanta's deficit to 31-23 at the period's end.
"We didn't defend early in the game," said Hawks head coach Mike Woodson. "I bet we gave up at least seven, eight layups in the first half. We corrected that it the third quarter."
Lue's three-point play with 6:28 remaining before intermission pulled the Hawks within 41-37, but the Pistons countered with another 9-2 burst. Billups' three-pointer with 4 1/2 minutes left in the half extended Detroit's advantage to 50-39.
The Pistons were without head coach Larry Brown, who will soon undergo a follow-up procedure on his hip which required surgery in November and will be sidelined indefinitely. Heard led the team in Brown's absence.
Detroit is now 3-4 in the seven games Brown has missed this season...The Pistons' foursome of Hamilton, Billups, Wallace and Prince accounted for 104 of the team's 110 points...Ben Wallace had two blocks to tie Terry Tyler for first place on Detroit's career list in that category. He now has 1,070 rejections in a Piston uniform...Atlanta's Predrag Drobjnak sat out due to the flu...The Hawks activated guard Tony Delk from the injured list and placed center Michael Stewart on the IL with back spasms. Delk had been sidelined since February 23 with a left hand contusion.
03/14 23:32:55 ET