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SAN ANTONIO, TX:
After being beaten in back-to-back
bouts vs NBA heavyweights Boston
and Dallas, the Pistons punched back
to win the third round against the
defending NBA Champion San Antonio
Detroit avoided its first 3-game
losing skid of the season by scoring
30-P in the 1st-Qtr and going on to
beat the Spurs 90-80. San Antonio lost its second straight.
Rasheed Wallace battled nose-to-nose with Tim Duncan at the center spot.
Sheed topped Detroit with 23-P and 15-RB while TD led San-An with his 24-P
The differences came from other spots. Cold-shooting by both Tony Parker
(4-of-13) and Manu Ginobili (3-of-12) contributed to San Antonio's demise. The
Spurs also committed a half dozen more turnovers than Detroit. There were
only two ties and three lead changes early in a game where Detroit led by
as many as 20-P. Rip Hamilton's fast-break lauyp put the Pistons ahead to stay
16-15 with 3:30 left in the 1st-Qtr and ignited a 16-0 run.
Hamilton scored 18-P, Tayshaun Prince 17-P and Chauncey Billups 11-P with
a game-high 6-A for Detroit.
Parker did manage 12-P and reserve Jacque Vaughn had 10-P for San Antonio.
The Pistons are now 27-&-9 and the Spurs 23-&-11.
PISTONS H-COACH FLIP SAUNDERS: "(After) a couple of bad performances...there
was no question that we were going to come out tonight with great focus and play
well...(Wallace) had competitive fire tonight, but besides that he had good
composure. In the first quarter he was phenomenal...He just played a great all-
around basketball game tonight."
PISTONS CEN RASHEED WALLACE: "We could lose five or six games in a row, but
we're the type of team, we don't hang our heads and walk around moping...
Everybody in this locker room wants to win too much...(the Spurs are) one
of the teams we'll see in the finals. So, it's always a good game with us and
PISTONS GD CHAUNCEY BILLUPS: "When Sheed is locked in and focused like that,
he is, without a doubt, our number one option. He does something out there that
nobody can do. He plays smart, he doesn't try to shoot over double teams, he
makes the right plays."
PISTONS FWD TAYSHAUN PRINCE: "It's been a while since I've gotten good touches
like the ones I got tonight. I got the ball down in the block. I found a comfort zone
early as far as positioning and then just tried to keep that in Chauncey's mind. I got
some good touches and quality shots."
SPURS CEN TIM DUNCAN: "It's just everything. The missed shots, the turnovers,
the turnovers turn into easy baskets, us working hard and them getting an easy
play at the other end. Just all of that came at once tonight."
SPURS H-COACH GREGG POPOVICH: "During six minutes we were outscored about
20-to-2 and we spent the night trying to climb back from that...and that's not
good enough against a team like Detroit."
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich failed to get his 600th NBA career victory.
San Antonio guard Brent Barry remained sidelined with a torn muscle in
his left calf, but is close to returning.
The Pistons continue their road trip at Charlotte Saturday night.
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