AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 23 (Ticker) -- Jerry Stackhouse
got tired of losing to the Minnesota Timberwolves.
Stackhouse scored 18 of his season-high 40 points in the third quarter after Clifford Robinson had 12 of his 20 in the decisive second period as the Detroit Pistons snapped an eight-game slide to the Timberwolves with a 104-83 victory.
Detroit had not defeated Minnesota since March 21, 1997, nine months before Stackhouse arrived via trade from Philadelphia. But the explosive guard rebounded from Monday's 5-of-21 performance against Milwaukee with his best game of the season.
Stackhouse made 17-of-28 shots and single-handedly outscored the Timberwolves' potent duo of Kevin Garnett and Wally Szczerbiak, 40-33. He made 7-of-10 shots in the third quarter as Detroit maintained the lead Robinson helped provide in the second.
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Jon Barry had four assists on Wednesday against the Wolves.
"It just so happened that I was the recipient of a lot of good ball movement and I was able to get some shots to go down early," he said. "It's the same old story where we come out with a lot of energy and we have a game like this."
"He was on one of those hot streaks where he was really feeling it," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "It didn't matter who was there in his face, he was making shots."
Szczerbiak had the daunting task of trying to stop Stackhouse.
"Jerry hit a lot of big shots, tough shots," he said. "I was trying to deny him the ball all over the floor. He came out with a big-time effort and kicked my butt and kicked our butts."
Detroit outscored Minnesota, 34-12, in the second period. The Pistons shot 14-of-25 in the period led by Robinson, who made all five of his shots.
Detroit had a 24-22 lead after the first quarter and opened the decisive period on a 24-8 run. Robinson had a dunk, a three-point play and a 3-pointer during the burst, which gave the Pistons a 40-30 cushion with 3:08 left.
Detroit had a 54-39 advantage at halftime and never let Minnesota get closer than 11 points thereafter, cruising to its fourth win in six games.
The Pistons made 11-of-18 shots in the third quarter and shot 52 percent (43-of-83) overall. They made 8-of-17 3-pointers led by Jon Barry, who sank 2-of-3 from beyond the arc and scored nine points.
In addition to their superb offensive efforts, Stackhouse shut down Szczerbiak while Robinson handled Garnett. Minnesota's top two scorers committed six turnovers apiece and combined to make just 12-of-33 shots.
"(Garnett is) a tough player and he's going to get shots," Robinson said. "The key is to trying to make sure he doesn't get a lot of easy ones. When he gets easy baskets, his game seems to get going."
"I made a conscious effort to knock (Szczerbiak) off his groove a little bit," Stackhouse said. "They are a precise team and if you allow them to move and cut and set screens, they're going to beat you."
The Timberowolves shot just 39 percent (30-of-77), including 3-of-17 from 3-point range, and committed a season-high 28 turnovers, more than double their average of under 13 per game.
Chauncey Billups scored 19 points and Garnett had 14 of his 19 in the second half, adding 13 rebounds and five assists. Szczerbiak finished with 14 points and seven rebounds.
Minnesota lost for just the second time in 13 games and failed in a bid to sweep the season series from Detroit for the fifth consecutive season.
"I thought our last four or five games have not been very good," Timberwolves coach Flip Saunders said. "We've gotten away with squeaking by and winning games that you're not going to win against better teams. We didn't have an edge and for us to play well, we have to play with an edge."