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>>caption: STUCKEY (#3) HAD A
GAME-HIGH OF 25-P FOR DETROIT<<
@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
A decisive 3rd-Qtr carried Minnsota
to a 122-114 exhibition win over the
Pistons Tursday night.
Detroit was up 64-61 at the half
and expanded that margin to 9-P early
in the 3rd-Qtr when the Timberwolves
missed six of their first seven shots.
However, following a timeout the
T-Wolves went on a 22-4 run that put
the visitors in clear control.
The Pistons shot 58.6% from the field in the game but the Detroit defense
allowed 61-P in each half. Minnsota took 15 more and made nine more free
throws than the Pistons, the difference in the contest.
Corey Brewer led six Timberwolves who scored in double figures by potting a
team-high 21-P. Oleksiy Pecherov added 20-P with a co-game-high 10-RB. Ryan
Gomes scored 19-P, Jonny Flynn 18-P, Ryan Hollins 14-P and Wayne Ellington 11-P.
Rodney Stuckey was game-high for Detroit with 25-P. Rip Hamilton had 21-P
and (in his first Piston start) Charlie Villanueva 17-P with a co-game-high of 10-RB.
Ben Gordon added 11-P while Chris Wlcox and Jason Maxiell each scored 10-P.
The Pistons are 3-4 on the pre-season and Minnesota 2-5.
Detroit concludes the exhibition schedule at Milwaukee Friday night.
PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA: "I played decent, and my hamstring was fine. I was
comfortable out there...This is unacceptable. We've got to pick it up on the defensive end.
Offensively, we don't have a problem at all, but we've got to play defense together as a
T-WOLVES H-COACH KURT RAMBIS: "Instead of everyone trying to fix things on their
own, which is what they've done in the past, they worked as a team. You could hear
them telling each other what to do, and that's what I wanted to see."
New Timberwolves assistant coach Bil Laimbeer received a warm pre-game ovation when
the ex-Piston player and former Deroit Shock Coach/GM was introduced.
Both teams were shorthanded in the front court. Ben Wallace (knee) and Kwame Brown
(hand) were out for Detroit. Kevin Love (hand) and Al Jefferson (flu) were scratched for
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