NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Seattle
(Sunday, November 11th)
Final Score: Detroit 107, Seattle 103
Seattle, WA (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton poured in 32 points, and the Detroit Pistons downed Seattle, 107-103, as the SuperSonics fell to 0-7, the worst start in franchise history.
The Sonics had never started a season with seven straight losses in the franchise's 41-year history. Seattle's previous worst was an 0-6 start to the 1969-70 season - its third in the NBA.
Antonio McDyess scored 15 points and raked in 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won five of six to start the season. Rasheed Wallace scored 15 points and grabbed seven boards for Detroit.
Kevin Durant scored 19 points and grabbed six boards to lead the Sonics, who will again look for win number one in Orlando on Tuesday. Fellow rookie Jeff Green came off the bench to score 17 points and grab eight boards for Seattle, which, along with Minnesota and Golden State, is one of three winless teams remaining in the NBA.
"There are no moral victories in this league so we have to continue to play hard," said Durant.
The Sonics trailed by 10 points early in the fourth quarter, and the Detroit lead stood at 99-92 after a Hamilton jumper with four minutes left. Durant answered with a jumper, though, Damien Wilkins drilled a three-pointer and, after a Chauncey Billups offensive foul gave Seattle the ball back, Kurt Thomas sank a jumper from the elbow of the free-throw line, tying the game at 99-99 with 2:32 left.
Wallace sank a turnaround baseline jumper, though, putting the Pistons back on top, 103-101, with 1:38 left. A Wilkins turnover gave the ball back to Detroit, and Hamilton came off a Wallace screen that left Thomas on the floor, and sank a jumper to put the Pistons up 103-99 with 45.9 seconds left.
A Thomas layup again made it a two-point game, but Billups sank two free throws with 16.1 ticks left and, after Wally Szczerbiak missed a three, Hamilton made two more free throws to ice the win.
"We are a veteran club and know what we need to do in close games," said Wallace.
The Pistons came out firing, running up a 19-6 lead after Wallace drained a three and Tayshaun Prince threw down and alley-oop dunk with 7:03 left in the first quarter. The Detroit lead stood at 35-20 entering the second quarter.
There the Detroit lead bulged to 55-32 with 5:15 left after a 10-2 Pistons run. Seattle answered with seven straight, capped by a Durant three, though, feuling a 20-9 Sonics run to close the half. Green finished the half by converting a three-point play with four seconds left, cutting the Pistons lead to 64-52 at the break.
Detroit led 81-73 entering the final 12 minutes of play.
The Pistons finished 8-of-23 from behind the three-point arc, while the Sonics made 3-of-9...Chris Wilcox had 15 points and nine rebounds for Seattle...Jarvis Hayes came off the bench and scored 14 points for the Pistons.
11/12 01:06:29 ET