NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Detroit
(Friday, March 14th)
Final Score: Detroit 84, San Antonio 80
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton scored 25 points, including Detroit's final seven of the contest, as the Pistons edged the San Antonio Spurs, 84-80.
Tayshaun Prince chipped in 17 points, while Antonio McDyess ripped down 17 rebounds for Detroit, winners in three of four and 18 of its last 23 games. Rasheed Wallace contributed 10 points and made three blocks for the Pistons, two coming in the last minute.
Tony Parker scored 26 points and dished out seven assists for the Spurs, losers in four of their last five games. Because of San Antonio's loss, the Spurs dropped to fifth place in the Western Conference standings.
The Spurs no longer are tied for the lead in the Southwest Division. That distinction goes to the Rockets, who moved ahead in the standings by winning their 21st straight in beating Charlotte on Friday. New Orleans, a winner over the Lakers on Friday, is a half-game back while the Spurs are a game off the pace.
Tim Duncan had 20 points, 10 rebounds and four turnovers for the Spurs, but he couldn't convert on a key opportunity in the final minute.
Wallace's jumper gave the Pistons a 75-74 lead with 2:05 remaining, and after a Chauncey Billups steal, Prince nailed a shot from the left corner for a 77-74 margin with 1:24 to go.
Duncan put in a layup six seconds later, but after Prince missed a shot, Detroit's defense stepped up in a big way. Duncan tried backing down on Wallace, but had two shots blocked and the ball caromed out of bounds to the Pistons with 36 seconds left.
Hamilton then canned a jumper and was fouled with Parker trailing on the play. Hamilton converted the three-point play for an 80-76 lead with 20.6 seconds left. Manu Ginobili and Duncan each hit layups in the closing seconds, sandwiched around two Hamilton free throws for an 82-80 difference with 5.5 ticks left. However, Hamilton made two more at the charity stripe to seal Detroit's win.
"I wanted to be aggressive," Hamilton said. "The ball was moving; just try to make plays, not just for myself but for my teammates."
Billups had just six points on 3-of-12 shooting, but the Pistons held on for the win despite going 2-of-18 from three-point range.
The Spurs led 26-20 after one quarter, but were only up 44-43 at the half. The Pistons had the final eight of the third for a 65-55 lead, but San Antonio rallied for 13 in a row in the fourth for a 70-69 edge.
"They're always a tough task," Ginobili said. "They're a great team, physical, they know each other very well. I thought we did a pretty good job. We just didn't make some key plays and they did."
The Pistons host New Orleans on Sunday, while the Spurs play at Philadelphia on Saturday...The Pistons swept the season series, also winning 90-80 in San Antonio on January 10...Detroit had a 51-39 advantage in rebounds...The Spurs were without swingman Bruce Bowen, who was suspended one game by the league for striking New Orleans guard Chris Paul with his leg during the Hornets' 100-75 win over San Antonio on Wednesday. By missing Friday's game, Bowen saw his string of 500 consecutive games played - the longest active such streak in the NBA - come to an end.
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