NBA Game Summary - New Jersey at Detroit
(Friday, April 4th)
Final Score: Detroit 106, New Jersey 87
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Antonio McDyess scored 19 points and Rasheed Wallace tallied 17 points and eight rebounds in Detroit's 106-87 pounding of the New Jersey Nets.
Rodney Stuckey added 14 points and nine assists for Detroit, which won its fourth straight despite playing without Richard Hamilton (sore hip). Tayshaun Prince and Juan Dixon each scored 11, and Chauncey Billups totaled 10 points for Detroit, which is on the verge of securing the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference.
"We had very good concentration on both ends for 48 minutes no matter who was in there," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "Defensively, we were pretty locked for most of the time. Offensively, I thought we were pretty good. We executed. We turned the ball over a few times in gamble-type passes, but overall I liked the way we played."
Richard Jefferson scored 15 for the Nets, who dropped their fourth in a row and are teetering on being eliminated from playoff contention. New Jersey, which played without Vince Carter (right ankle), went 1-of-12 from three- point range. The Nets trail Atlanta by four games for the final postseason slot in the East.
"The amount of second-chance points we gave up was way too much when you're playing one of the best teams in the NBA," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "In the first half we gave up 14 second-chance points and got outrebounded by 17. The third quarter was about our inability to make some shots. We made some turnovers as well as giving second-chance opportunities."
Prince had four straight points to cap an early run as the Pistons surged to a 16-6 lead. The Nets cut their deficit to three later in the period, but trailed 25-20 going into the second.
Wallace nailed a three-pointer to push the Pistons ahead 37-26 with 7:06 left in the half, and Detroit maintained a comfortable 55-41 margin at the break. Wallace culminated the second quarter with another three-pointer.
Detroit continued to pour it on in the third as a pair of Prince foul shots expanded the margin to 77-54 with 3:06 left and it was 81-60 heading to the fourth.
New Jersey didn't threaten over the final 12 minutes, and Dixon's three moved the Pistons to a 97-70 cushion midway through the fourth.
Stromile Swift had 11 points and Nenad Krstic 10 for the Nets, who were outrebounded, 48-31...The Pistons have beaten the Nets seven straight times, including all three this season...Detroit shot 52.5 percent from the field, with Wallace and McDyess combining for a 16-for-23 effort.
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