NBA Game Summary - Detroit at San Antonio
(Thursday, January 10th)
Final Score: Detroit 90, San Antonio 80
San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) - Rasheed Wallace scored 23 points and pulled down 15 rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons jumped out early the cruised down the stretch for a 90-80 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the AT&T Center.
Richard Hamilton contributed 18 points, Tayshaun Prince donated 17 points and Chauncey Billups collected 13 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Pistons, who put an end to a two-game skid. Detroit had also lost nine of 10 in San Antonio before the win.
"Everybody in this locker room wants to win too much. Every guy in this locker room has won at some level -- high school, college, here, one level or another. They are all winners," said Wallace.
Tim Duncan finished with 24 points and 15 rebounds and Tony Parker scored 12 points, but had an off shooting night with a 4-of-13 effort. Jacque Vaughn was an efficient 3-of-3 from the floor and 3-of-4 from the charity stripe for 10 points.
The shaky Spurs have now lost two straight and are 5-6 in their last 11 games.
Duncan's running hook with 4:10 to go in the first gave San Antonio a 15-14 lead, its last of the game. Hamilton's layup 40 ticks later started a 16-0 burst to end the period.
Prince converted a three-point play, Wallace drained a three, Antonio McDyess scored twice then Hamilton and Prince each scored to cap the period, and take a 30-15 lead. The Spurs missed their final five shots of the quarter.
"Tonight we played 42 minutes, not 48, and that's not good enough against a really good team like Detroit," said San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich.
The Pistons led 54-39 at the half, but the Spurs made a run in the third stanza. A quick six straight for the Spurs cut the deficit to 63-56 on Duncan's dunk with 1:33 to go.
Lindsey Hunter's layup pushed the Detroit edge to 78-64 with 6:08 remaining in the contest, and San Antonio got no closer than eight the rest of the way.
The Pistons made 46.8 percent of their shots and San Antonio converted on 43.3 percent of its attempts...Parker finished with five turnovers...McDyess finished with six points and six boards...Attendance was 18,797.
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