NBA Game Summary - Detroit at New York
(Friday, March 7th)
Final Score: Detroit 101, New York 97
New York, NY (Sports Network) - Tayshaun Prince scored 28 points and hit a huge shot with 9.9 seconds left in the fourth quarter, as the Pistons inched closer to a playoff spot with a 101-97 win over the New York Knicks.
Rodney Stuckey ended with 13 points, while Chauncey Billups and Jason Maxiell each had 12 for Detroit, which has a magic number of one to clinch a postseason berth for a seventh straight season.
The Pistons, winners in six of their last eight games, played without Rasheed Wallace, who was out with a sprained left ankle he suffered in Wednesday's loss at Boston. Additionally, Richard Hamilton was ejected in the final minute of the first half for picking up two quick technical fouls for arguing.
It was an incredible contrast in performance for Prince since the last time he visited Madison Square Garden. Detroit dropped an 89-65 decision on January 13 when Prince went 0-for-10 from the field and was held without a point. However, on Friday he sank 9-of-17 shots.
"You don't forget a butt-whooping like that," Billups said. "They really took it to us and took care of business. We knew it was going to come down to the last minute of the game, but we're comfortable in those types of situations."
Detroit's bench outscored New York's reserves, 46-25.
"When they had the opportunity to get a good span of minutes, like they had in the second quarter, maybe nine minutes at one time, they get some confidence going," Prince said of Detroit's bench play. "They can help us on any given night and they really stepped up."
Eddy Curry had 23 points for the Knicks, who have lost five straight. Jamal Crawford tallied 17 points, while Fred Jones had 16 and Nate Robinson 14. David Lee, starting in place of the injured Zach Randolph, ended with 12 points and 15 rebounds.
Randolph was sidelined for his fourth consecutive game due to a bruised right foot. Additionally, he went home to Indiana on Thursday for a personal matter and is not expected to play Saturday's game at MSG against Portland.
Prince's two free throws pushed Detroit's lead to 97-89 with 1:54 remaining, but the Knicks pushed back with six in a row, capped by two Crawford foul shots with 34.2 seconds left.
Prince then barely beat the shot clock, knifing through the lane and lofting a floater into the basket.
"It was tough," Crawford said. "Tayshaun is one of the most underrated players in the league. He's known for his defense, but he can give you offense as well. He did a great job tonight."
Curry's inside bank shot with 5.1 seconds left again cut the deficit to two, but Billups sank two foul shots less than a second later to seal the victory.
"We made plays to the rim, that was huge for us," Prince said. "We didn't settle for jump shots late, the last couple of minutes. That's really what was big."
The Knicks led by as many as seven in the opening quarter, but the Pistons closed the period on a 9-2 surge for a 28-25 edge.
Twelve consecutive Detroit points in the second moved the Pistons to a 42-30 cushion, and they were in front. But the Knicks came back for a 51-51 tie in the final minute on two Curry foul shots, one of which came from a Hamilton technical.
The game was tied at 53 at the break, but the Pistons led 76-70 going into the fourth. The Pistons were on top by as many as nine in the last quarter.
Detroit shot 50 percent from the field to 46.1 percent for New York...Prince made all nine of his foul shots...Crawford bruised his right hand late in the fourth quarter, and went to the locker room, but returned. He had a glove on the swollen hand after the game...The Knicks are 12-20 at home and are 3-13 in the first part of back-to-back contests...This was Hamilton's fourth ejection as a Piston, including his first of this season.
03/07 23:37:51 ET