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PISTONS WIN SEASON FINALE.....PISTONS 103, Minnesota 98, W 4/14/10
Posted on: 04-14-2010

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    Down 58-48 at the half and
by 16-P in the 3rd-Qtr, the
Pistons staged a furious 4th-Qtr
rally to come out on top in the
season finale, 103-98 Wednesday
night at Minnesota.
    The Pistons out-pointed the
Timberwolves 35-19 in the final frame in a match-up of NBA also-rans.
    Both clubs will watch the playoffs on television.
    The Pistons went ahead to stay with 5:39 remaining in the 4th-Qtr 90-87 on a
DaJuan Summers 3-pointer. That triple was part of a 13-3 Detroit run that gave the
Pistons a 96-90 lead with 2:58 to play.
    Detroit's Ben Gordon missed the season-ender for personal reasons while Richard
Hamilton, Rodney Stuckey and Chris Wilcox all remained on the injured list.
    Tayshaun Prince led Detroit with 20-P and Charlie Villanueva came off the bench
to get 16-P including 13 in the decisive 4th-Qtr. Rookies Austin Daye, Jonas Jarebko
and Summers each scored 12-P and Jarebko concluded a solid first season with a
double-double by grabbing a game-high of 13-RB.      
    Corey Brewer had a game-high 27-P for the T-Wolves. Al Jefferson added 16-P with
11-RB, former Piston Darko Milicic 15-P and Ramon Sessions 14-P. Kevin Love scored 9-P
and pulled down 10-RB.
    Detroit concluded the season at 27-55 and Minnesota at 15-67.


PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER:   "I was very proud of DaJuan [Summers] and Austin Daye,
but I thought Chucky [Atkins] really did a great job of leading that group...We know we
have a lot of work ahead of us, there's no question about it, and our commitment we have
to make both mentally and physically throughout this entire summer."

PISTONS FWD TAYSHAUN PRINCE:   "Our attention span has to be a lot better and we have
to pay attention to detail a lot better [next season]. The little things are what get teams
over the hump."

PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA:   "That fourth quarter guys got together and decided,
lets make a push and end the season on a positive note. We played with a lot of energy and
we got the stops we needed down the stretch...Those [young] guys showed what they can
do. We have three terrific rookies who are going to be good players in this league. We've
got the pieces to get back to the Finals, but we never got a chance to gel. We take this as
a learning year, and we'll be much improved next season."

PISTONS F/G AUSTIN DAYE:   "I was just thinking about how fast this year went by. It
dawned on me how much better I've got to get over the summer."

T-WOLVES H-COACH KURT RAMBIS:   "We played so well for three quarters, I thought we had
an excellent chance to leave for the summer with a decent taste in our mouths."

T-WOLVES GD COREY BREWER:   "We played good for three quarters and then kind of gave
it up at the end of the game. They came back and started making threes and that hurt us
...It's never a good feeling to lose, and we've been losing all season. So there have been a
lot of bad feelings, but we can only look forward to the future."


    The Pistons missed the playoffs for the first time in nine years and had their
worst record since a 20-62 mark in 1993-94.
    Minnesota tied the 1991-92 T-Wolves for the worst record in franchise history.
    Minnesota's Brewer played in all 82 games this season for the first time in his
three season NBA career.


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