NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Memphis
(Monday, December 19th)
Final Score: Detroit 106, Memphis 104 (2-OT)
Memphis, TN (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups stuck a 16-foot pull-up jumper with just 0.3 seconds on the clock to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Memphis Grizzlies, 106-104, in a double overtime thriller at the FedEx Forum.
The third time was a charm for Billups who had an opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation and in the first overtime.
Billups scored a team-high 30 points and added nine assists for the defending Eastern Conference champs, who won for the fourth consecutive time. Tayshaun Prince added 24 points and eight rebounds while Richard Hamilton had 19.
Pau Gasol was brilliant for the Grizzlies with a game-high 32 points and 13 rebounds while Damon Stoudamire added 24 points. The Grizz lost for the fourth time in their last five outings.
Billups' three with 49 seconds remaining in the second overtime gave Detroit a precarious 101-99 lead. Rasheed Wallace then made one of two free throws with 27.1 ticks remaining to stretch the lead to three.
A driving layup by Stoudamire closed the gap to one, 102-101, with 19.9 seconds left.
The Pistons ran Billups off a double screen for the inbounds pass but the Memphis defense denied him the ball. Instead, Prince found another great free throw shooter in Hamilton who calmly stuck both free throws to give Detroit a 104-101 edge.
The diminutive Stoudamire wouldn't let the Grizzlies die and hit a three over the much taller Rasheed Wallace to tie things again at 104-104 with 4.6 seconds remaining.
Billups, one of the best clutch players in the NBA, then pulled up short of Stoudamire for the game winner.
A 14-3 Memphis spurt in the fourth quarter tied the game at 79-79 and started the fun.
A Gasol layup brought the Grizzlies to within one at 85-84 but the playoff tested Billups answered with a jumper from the right baseline to make it 87-84 with 24.8 remaining.
Memphis passed on the three-ball as Mike Miller drove down the heart of the lane for a layup to make the score 87-86.
The Grizzlies then jumped at a chance to foul Ben Wallace with 17.2 ticks remaining and the defensively minded center managed to make one of two free throws to extend the lead to 88-86.
Gasol then drove across the lane and lofted a beautiful left-handed finger roll to beat Wallace and tie the game at 88-88 with 7.7 seconds remaining on the clock.
A Billups three from the top was too long and the two teams headed for overtime.
Billups' 20-footer from the top of the key with 1:06 left in the first extra stanza put the Pistons up at 93-91 but the Grizzlies answered again.
Stoudamire drew the defense and kicked the ball to a cutting Gasol for a thunderous dunk to tie things up with 10.9 left.
An off-balance left-handed runner by Billups came up short and the sent the teams to a second overtime.
The Pistons closed the first quarter on a 13-0 run to take control at 28-18.
Detroit kept the Grizzlies at arm's length in the second quarter and took a 48-39 advantage into the second half.
Prince paced the Pistons at intermission with a game-high 16 points while Gasol led the Grizzlies with 14.
Ben Wallace had nine points and 14 boards for the Pistons while Rasheed Wallace had nine points and nine boards...Eddie Jones had 11 points for Memphis before fouling out... Shane Battier and Brian Cardinal each added 10...Detroit has won 10 of the last 13 meetings in the series. The Pistons have won five of their last seven at the Grizzlies...Memphis is 7-5 as the host this season...The Pistons are 12-2 on the road this season.
12/19 23:50:01 ET