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@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
The Pistons didn't have enough at
the end and lost an 83-79 Thursday
night contest to San Antonio.
The Pistons lost their fifth straight
and 14th-of-19 overall. They're just
2-10 at home over the past six weeks.
Detroit is now below the .500-mark at
the Palace at 14-15 this season. The
Pistons were 34-7 on their home floor
Playing their seventh game of their
annual "Rodeo Road Trip" when the cowboys take over their home arena,
San Antonio ended its 3-game losing skid.
The Pistons started the game on a 9-0 run and improved their margin to
a dozen at 19-7 with 5:59 left in the 1st-Qtr. However, Detroit soon fell
behind and trailed most of the game. A Roger Mason jumper tied the game
36-all and a Tony Parker 3-ball made it 39-36 SanAn with 3:47 left in the 2nd-Qtr.
Detroit's Allen Iverson hit a pair of free throws to briefly knot the game 51-51
with 6:36 to go in the 3rd-Qtr. The Spurs went back ahead and expanded their
bulge to 8-P at 76-68 with 5:09 remaining in the 4th-Qtr.
The Pistons went on a late 11-3 burst where Iverson scored 8-P including a
driving layup with 1:21 to play to briefly put Detroit on top again 79-78.
San Antonio closed the game on a 5-0 surge, all on free throws. Parker hit a
pair to put his team ahead 80-79. Bruce Bowen then hit a pair and Tim Duncan
the second of two. Duncan did most of the work for his team in the final frame
with 8-P & 8-RB.
A rookie coaching mistake by Pistons bench boss Michael Curry contributed
to the unsuccessful conclusion. After Rasheed Wallace rebounded a missed
Parker jumper, Curry called a timeout, which allowed SanAn's Gregg Popovich to
re-enter defensive specialist Bowen. Bowen rebounded a missed Wallace fadeaway,
was fouled to preserve the clock and sank both his foul shots. (Bowen was just a
47% free throw shooter this season entering the game).
Iverson missed an open 3-pointer that could have re-tied it 82-all with 5-sec
on the clock.
Parker led all Spurs with 19-P and had a game-high 11-A. Duncan was only
7-of-19 shooting, but had 18-P and grabbed a game-high 18-RB. Matt Bonner added
Iverson was game-high with 31-P. Antonio McDyess had 13-P with 13-RB. Wallace
scored 11-P, but only 6-P after he'd given Detroit a 5-0 lead. Jason Maxiell scored
10-P off the bench.
Curry only used seven players in his rotation.
PISTONS H-COACH MICHAEL CURRY: "It came down to we got to make some shots.
But as long as we continue to fight that way, and defend, we will be OK...It says a
lot about Tim Duncan that we can say he didn't have a great game when he had
18 and 18. People aren't going to fully appreciate what a great player they're
watching until he retires. He just goes out there and does that game after game...
We had Rasheed with a good look at a 17-footer in a one-point game. That's what you
want...We don't play again until Sunday night, so I was able to shorten the bench."
PISTONS GD ALLEN IVERSON: ""I couldn't have gotten a better look -- I've got to come
up with that one (with 5-sec left). I had more time than I thought, and I rushed it...
You talk about plays like that, and they matter so much. But just getting to that point
where we need a desperation shot -- that's the frustrating part...Last couple games,
we talked about effort, but the effort was there. Everybody gave what they had, and
left it on the floor."
PISTONS GD RODNEY STUCKEY: "We lost again. I don't know. I really can't explain
anything anymore. We just keep losing, and now we've got some great teams to play
(on the upcoming schedule)."
SPURS GD TONY PARKER: "This was tough, but we'll take it, because we needed a win.
We've lost a couple games that we could have won, so this gives us some confidence
to try to finish this(long road trip) in Washington."
SPURS H-COACH GREGG POPOVICH: "Tim (Duncan) is the base to everything we do.
He rebounded and he got some buckets, and that's what we needed...Bruce (Bowen)
is a real pro. He doesn't start for us, but he does whatever we ask. He guarded Rip
(Hamilton) for a while, he guarded Allen (Iverson) for a while, and he did a great job."
SPURS CEN MATT BONNER: "We were having a little trouble getting it going tonight
on offense...That happens time to time, teams jump on you, especially at home. We
knew to just keep playing our basketball and the game would come around.”
Piston GD Rodney Stuckey took just three shots and scored only 2-P.
McDyess recorded his 1000th career NBA block early in the 4th-Qtr.
Spurs sixth man Manu Ginobli will miss another 2--3 weeks due to a right ankle
The Spurs are 4-3 on their road swing.
Detroit starts an eight day, five game road trip at Cleveland Sunday.
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