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PISTONS GORE SPURS IN FINAL FRAME.....PISTONS 89, San Antonio 77, T 12/2/08
Posted on: 12-02-2008

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>>caption:  SHEED (M) SHOOTS THE
PISTONS TO A WIN IN SAN-AN<<

SAN ANTONIO, TX:

    The Pistons rode Rasheed Wallace
in a 4th-Qtr surge which carried them
past the Spurs 89-77 Tuesday night in
San Antonio.
    Detroit trailed twice by 10-P in the
3rd-Qtr before their late rally.
    Sheed hit a trio of 3-pointers while
his defensive play held Spurs star Tim
Duncan to just 1-pt in the final frame.
Detroit out-scored SanAn 28-14 in the
4th-Qtr. Wallace's first 3-ball of the
period with 8:03 remaining gave the Pistons the lead for good at 68-66.
    Displaying energy their starters didn't show in Sunday's home loss to
Portland, Detroit held a 14-5 advantage in steals and an 18-9 bulge in fast
break points. San-An's 17 turnovers were a season high.  
    With Sheed sinking half of the longballs, Detroit made 6-of-11 from beyond
the arc with the 54.5% their best trey percentage of the season.
    Overall, the Pistons out-shot the Spurs from the field by 50% (37-of-74) to
39.4% (28-of-71).
    Wallace and Allen Iverson both scored 19-P to top Detroit. Iverson also had
a game-high of 6-A. Richard Hamilton added 16-P and Tayshaun Prince 15-P with
a team-high of 12-RB. Rodney Stuckey had 10-P off a shortened bench as head
coach Michael Curry used just nine players. Stuckey scored half of Detroit's 20-P
by reserves.
    Duncan had game-highs of 23-P & 13-RB in spite of his crunch time drought.
Tony Parker popped for 18-P. Manu Ginobli (offseason ankle surgery) made his
first start of the season and scored 13-P. These were the only three Spurs to
score more than 6-P.
   
QUOTEBOOK...

PISTONS H-COACH MICHAEL CURRY:   "We responded well (following the lackluster loss
to Portland...Sheed was playing well throughout...If we move the ball side to side, we
can get good shots and if we lock in to what we’re doing defensively and all five guys
rebound, we know we’ll have a chance...Ginobili is tough to guard. We played him
tough and gave ourselves a chance to win."

PISTONS F/C RASHEED WALLACE:   "We know they’re a good ballclub. We had to match
their energy. They had it in the first half. We just had to come out and do it in the
second...We should have played that hard from the gate. We wouldn't have been in
that deficit. We're a resilient young team. Guys knuckled up in that second half."

PISTONS GD ALLEN IVERSON:   "(Wallace) kind of took matters in his own hands,
started being a lot more aggressive. It paid dividends for us."

SPURS H-COACH GREGG POPOVICH:   "The most disturbing thing is that we were
very soft. I think Detroit intimidated us. It was really sad to watch in that respect."

OVERTIME:

    Stuckey twisted his right ankle making a highlight-type lefthanded layup
to end the 3rd-Qtr. He limped off the court, had the ankle taped and returned
to play in the 4th-Qtr.
    Hamilton tied John Long (1978--91) for eighth place on the all-time Detroit
Piston scoring list with 9023-P.
    Detroit is 5-&-2 vs San Antonio since the Spurs beat the Pistons in a 7-game
2005 NBA Finals.
    San-An's second consecutive loss followed a four game winning streak.
    The Pistons return from their quick, 1-game Texas trip to host Philadelphia
Friday night at the Palace. After that, it's back on the road for three of the
next four starting with a Sunday matinee at New York.

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