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Posted on: 03-13-2009

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>>caption:  RIP (M) LOFTS IN OT<<


    The Pistons had to work overtime
to top Toronto, 99-95 Friday night.
    Detroit's fifth win in seven games
this month was the Raptors' seventh
straight defeat.
    The Pistons led 88-84 in the final
minute of regulation before a bank
shot by Shawn Marion and a Jose
Calderon layup with 9-sec left in the
4th-Qtr tied it 88-all.
    Richard Hamilton's last ditch try in
regulation rimmed out, but the Pistons started overtime on a 9-0 run on two hoops
by Hamilton then a 3-pointer and a 20-foor jumper from Tayshaun Prince. The closest
Toronto came was 97-95 when Chris Bosh made the first but missed his second free
throw with 15-sec remaining. Jason Maxiell blocked a possible tying layup by Pops
Mensah-Bonsu with 12-sec to go, Rodney Stuckey got the rebound, Detroit ran the
floor and Maxiell dunked off a Hamilton assist with 6-sec on the OT clock for the 99-95
    Hamilton had a team-high 24-P and a game-high and new career-high of 16-A. Stuckey
scored 17-P. Antonio McDyess had 16-P with game-highs of 13-RB & 3-BL. Maxiell matched
his season-high of 16-P and Prince scored 11-P.
    Bosh scored a game-high 27-P and grabbed 10-RB for the Raptors. Calderon had 20-P
with 11-A. Marion added 18-P.


PISTONS H-COACH MICHAEL CURRY:   "Max come up with a big play as Pops was kind
of falling away. He needed to come up with that one. That was his guy, Pops was his
man that he didn't box out, so he had to get that."

PISTONS GD RIP HAMILTON:   "We're fighting, we're playing hard and getting wins...
I'm a strong believer that if you're open, you get the ball, regardless of if you're a
rookie, second year, third year, whatever. You've just got to trust your teammates
and I thought tonight we really did that."

PISTONS F/C ANTONIO McDYESS:   "Some games we do feel like the old Pistons. We've got
each other's backs, playing free and having fun. For a while it's been that way, since
we've had Rip in the lineup...We've got to keep it the way it is. We've only lost [two]
games with him in the (starting)  lineup. He's been sharing the ball like a point guard,
which is not his strength, and really scoring, also. With the energy he brings, it's like
we have more confidence in ourselves now."

RAPTORS FWD CHRIS BOSH:   "Frustrated? Stop using that word, frustrating...where do you
all get that word. Use another word. You all got a thesaurus around? I'm not upset. You
compete, you play the game, you play to win. If you come up short, then that's what it is.
Nobody is frustrated around here."


    Pistons owner Bill Davidson died at his home late Friday at age 86. In failing health
and confined to a wheelchair, Davidson had attended only two Pistons games this
season. Davidson had been principal owner of the club since 1974. Cause of death was
not released and, as of early Saturday, the team's website had not yet confirmed
Davidson's passing.


    Hamilton set a career-high for assists for the second time in five days. Rip had 14-A
in a Monday Palace win over Orlando.
    Pistons Allen Iverson (back) and Rasheed Wallace (calf) remained out injured.
    The Pistons swept the season series from Toronto and have won 14 of their last
17 against the Raptors.
    Calderon's eighth assist moved him past Alvin Williams into first place on the
Raptors franchise list. Calderon now has 1,795 career assists.
    Bosh's 31 field goal attempts Friday was a new career-high.  
    The Raptors held an opponent below 100-P for the first time in 10 games.
    The Pistons return to the Palace for a one game homestand,  a Sunday matinee
vs Memphis.


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