NBA Game Summary - Detroit at New Jersey
(Wednesday, December 26th)
Final Score: Detroit 101, New Jersey 83
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton scored 22 points, and the Pistons used a sharp-shooting third quarter to continue their domination of the Nets with a 101-83 victory.
Chauncey Billups tallied 17 points and dished out 10 assists for Detroit, which has won six in a row overall and six straight versus New Jersey. Antonio McDyess chipped in 15 points and nine rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 78 percent (14-of-18) from the field in the third quarter, outscoring the Nets, 31-18 in the period.
Vince Carter had 21 points for the Nets, who couldn't overcome a tough night from Jason Kidd as they had a two-game win streak broken. Kidd missed all eight of his field goal attempts, finishing with two points and 13 assists.
Richard Jefferson had 18 points, but also accounted for seven of New Jersey's 17 turnovers.
Ahead 45-44 at the half, the Pistons made their first seven shots of the third quarter. Rasheed Wallace's dunk capped an 11-0 Pistons run for a 60-48 lead with 7:25 left in the period.
McDyess' turnaround jumper moved the advantage to 71-56 with 2:12 to go in the third, and Detroit held a comfortable 76-62 lead going into the fourth.
"We got hot in that third quarter," Billups said. "When we get hot and our defense is good, that's a deadly combination."
Jarvis Hayes' three-pointer extended Detroit's lead to 17 points just 28 seconds into the final quarter, and the Nets never made a serious threat over the last 12 minutes. The Pistons held a double digit lead the entire fourth quarter.
Detroit raced to an 11-4 lead early, but the Nets rallied and went ahead 23-21 on an alley-oop basket by Sean Williams off a feed from Kidd with 1:35 left in the quarter. It was 26-24 Pistons going into the second.
The Nets were ahead 42-36 with 2:49 left until halftime following a Carter jumper, but the Pistons used a 9-2 run to close the half, culminated by a pair of McDyess free throws.
"They're trying to win the first three minutes and also the last three minutes of each quarter," Kidd said. "Unfortunately like that, they're on a 9-2 run. It gave them the momentum to take the lead."
Bostjan Nachbar had 13 points, Josh Boone 12 and Williams 11 for the Nets, who lost despite holding a 35-30 edge on the boards...The Pistons ended the game at 55.3 percent shooting, compared to 46.2 percent for New Jersey...Jason Maxiell scored 10 points for Detroit...Kidd moved into sixth place in NBA annals in assists, passing Gary Payton (8,966). Kidd has 8,972. Current Knicks coach Isiah Thomas is next at 9,061.
12/26 23:11:58 ET