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>>caption: THORNTON (L) AND
JAREBKO (R) PLAYED KEY ROLES FOR
THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS<<
@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
The undermanned Pistons lost their
seventh straight game Friday night by
dropping a 104-96 home court decision
to the NBA doormat Los Angeles Clippers.
The Pistons were without injured key
cogs Richard Hamilton,Tayshaun Prince
and Ben Gordon. Rip and Tay have been out almost all season, but Gordon missed
his first full game with a left ankle sprain.
The Clippers ran away from Detroit with a 30-21/4th-Qtr burst to end their
13 game losing streak vs the Pistons.
The Clippers shot 58.7% (37-of-63) from the field to Detroit's 39.6% (36-of-91).
Al Thornton scored a dozen of LAC's points in the final frame including back-
to-back baskets which were part of a 7-0 run that put the Clippers ahead to stay.
Chris Kaman had a game-high 26-P, Baron Davis 25-P and Thornton 19-P to
lead the Clippers on offense. Reserve Eric Gordon was 0-for-5 from beyond the
arc and just 4-of-11 shooting overall, but still managed 14-P. Davis also had a
game-high of 10-A.
Detroit rookie Jonas Karebko had a new career-high 22-P. Rodney Stuckey added
21-P, Will Bynum 14-P, Austin Daye 13-P (a new career-high in the rookie's first start)
and Charlie Villanueva 11-P. Ben Wallace (5-P) pulled down a game-high 16-RB.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "[Jarebko's] overall game was outstanding
tonight. He was somebody who had a different gear than the other players. He
understood it wasn’t just standing still, being a spectator, he was a participant
on everything we were trying to do. Some of the backdoor cuts, some of the open
looks where he knocked down open threes. He’d been struggling at that long shot
so it was good to see him get into a rhythm...I thought we were in decent shape
in the first half and then in the second half they were the aggressors and we weren’t
...Their interior passing was superior to ours and [Chris] Kaman did a really good
job of seizing up what he wanted to do and knocking down open looks. I was
disappointed with this loss because we had a chance and normally we’ve shown a
lot of grit at the end of the fourth period and we didn’t show the same type of grit
that we have in the past."
PISTONS GD WILL BYNUM: "Jonas played great tonight. We always know one thing
about Jonas, we will always get 110% effort every time. Jonas has just been great all
season...We knew it’s going to be tough. We got a tough team and they played well
tonight. It’s just a tough loss for us...We need to play a little faster. That’s the only
way with all these guys out, the only way we are going to be in the games for so long.
We can play in spurts, but we got to play faster and get some easy buckets out there.
We got to run. Run all sets quicker, we got to get to quicker sets. There is no other way."
CLIPPERS CEN CHRIS KAMAN: "We played pretty well in the fourth quarter...We did a good
job and finished the game...It gave me a confidence boost hitting the first three shots of
the game. It makes you feel good and gets you rolling. I just took my time...We did a good
job defensively and they let me go single coverage with Ben Wallace, they didn't really double
team me, and I took advantage of it and scored the basketball. My teammates did a good job
of getting me the basketball. They made plays down the stretch."
CLIPPERS FWD AL THORNTON: "We'll take it. It's been a while, that I can recall...
since we've won here. Coming off that devastating loss against Indiana it feels good to
finish the road trip up 1-1...I was asleep the whole game and I finally woke up in the
fourth quarter. It was a good way to end it out."
Detroit's last home loss to the Clippers was 2/19/2001.
The Clippers are now 7-10 and Detroit 5-11.
LAC CEN DeAndre Jordan missed his third straight game with a right ankle sprain.
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