NBA Game Summary - LA Clippers at Detroit
(Wednesday, February 8th)
Final Score: Detroit 97, LA Clippers 87
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Tayshaun Prince scored half of his 22 points during a big fourth-quarter run to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 97-87 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers.
Rasheed Wallace tallied 19 points and Chauncey Billups added 18 for the Pistons, who became the first NBA team to reach 40 wins (40-8) and snapped their only two-game skid so far this season.
The Pistons had been beaten by Indiana and Atlanta in their last two games, falling to the Hawks by a point one night earlier. However, Prince's fourth quarter push gave Detroit its seventh straight victory against the Clippers and moved the Pistons to a 22-2 home mark this season. Detroit has won eight in a row at The Palace.
"The past five or six games we've been a little bit tired," Prince said. "Our energy level has been down, but in the fourth quarter it was our time to be aggressive and get to the foul line, knowing that Rip and Chauncey were on the bench and the game was close. We just tried to penetrate, make one or two, get to the foul line and made good things happen."
Elton Brand had 30 points and nine rebounds and Cuttino Mobley ended with 27 for the Clippers, who had a four-game victory streak snapped. Chris Kaman totaled 13 points for Los Angeles, which lost for only the second time in 11 contests. The Clippers finished 4-2 on their six-game road trip.
Clippers guard Sam Cassell missed the game with back spasms.
"You can't make mistakes on them and we made some mistakes," Mobley said. "(The Pistons) were desperate. We didn't have Sam so we were missing 20 points. The rest of the guys came together and we did pretty well. It was definitely a good trip. We have to go home and take care of business now."
A jumper by Daniel Ewing brought the Clippers within 71-70 with 10:38 remaining, but Prince had all of Detroit's 11 points during an 11-2 push to put the game away. He started the run with a jumper and then added two free throws before driving for a dunk.
Prince sank another foul shot before Mobley hit two from the line. However, Prince, who ended 7-of-12 from the field, drained a turnaround jumper and completed a three-point play to make the score 82-72 with 7:02 left.
A jam by Brand pulled the Clippers within 87-81, but Detroit scored the next seven points, as Wallace hit a three-pointer and another jumper before Antonio McDyess' tip-in capped the run.
McDyess ended with 13 points, while Ben Wallace scored eight and pulled down 13 rebounds for Detroit.
The Clippers led 25-18 after one quarter, but Detroit scored the first nine points of the second and two free throws by Reggie Evans pushed the Pistons to a 37-31 lead. Detroit led 48-40 at the break and was in front 71-66 going into the fourth.
The Clippers have lost five straight and 12 of their last 13 at Detroit...Los Angeles missed all six of its three-point tries...Shaun Livingston had a career-high 12 assists for LA.
02/08 23:31:42 ET