AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 8 (Ticker) -- Richard Hamilton
upset at having to play overtime that he decided to make sure
there would not be more than one extra period.
Hamilton scored 19 points, including six in overtime, as the
Detroit Pistons outlasted the Toronto Raptors, 90-86.
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"I was mad that I didn't drive for the last shot (in
regulation)," Hamilton said. "That's why I came out so
aggressive in the overtime."
Hamilton had the ball at the top of the key with time running
out in regulation but passed to Rasheed Wallace
, whose long jump
shot hit the rim and bounced away, sending the game into
overtime at 80-80.
"It was a set play to go to Rasheed, but I had an opening,"
Hamilton responded and hit a jumper just over one minute into
the extra session before Rafer Alston
answered for Toronto with
a tough drive to even the score.
Hamilton had a drive of his own and hit a pair of free throws
after Alston missed a 3-pointer to put Detroit in control,
86-82, with 1:09 to play.
Detroit coach Larry Brown, who was coaching in his 2,000th pro
game, praised Toronto's effort.
"They played great," Brown said. "They lose Vince Carter
get down 11 points and then just completely take over the game.
got us back in the game with his defensive
presence. We got the ball moving pretty good, had the 11-point
lead and then it looked like we were running in sand.
"We had a pretty tough trip back from Dallas so we had a lot of
guys physically spent. We got it done and got a win."
Detroit managed only 11 points in the fourth quarter, when
Toronto went on a 15-0 run to get back in the game.
The Pistons missed eight straight shots during the drought that
began with a basket by Ben Wallace
with 8:59 left in the fourth
quarter and did not end until he hit a free throw with 3:03
remaining. He had Detroit's first nine points of the quarter.
"It was kind of tough because of that road trip," Ben Wallace
said. "I had to get my legs back under me. My hands felt like
stones in the first half, but it just took a little time."
The Raptors trailed, 69-58, entering the fourth but Donyell Marshall
came up big during the spurt with seven of his 10
fourth-quarter points. Marshall had a pair of dunks and a
3-pointer with just under four minutes to play that gave Toronto
a 78-75 lead.
hit a pair of free throws to give the Raptors an
80-76 cushion with 2:36 left, but Toronto went scoreless for the
rest of regulation. Detroit got two free throws from Ben
Wallace and a jumper by Hamilton to tie the game.
"We got more fast-break points in the fourth quarter," said
Rose. "Then at the end of regulation and in the overtime, we
stopped moving the ball and started to over-dribble. You can't
do that against a team like Detroit that plays such good
Marshall scored 22 points for Toronto, which lost Carter early
in the third period to a strained left Achilles tendon. Carter
drove past Hamilton on the baseline but pulled up and grimaced
in pain. He did not return.
Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said that he hadn't talked to the
trainers about Carter's prognosis.
"We just lost a tough game," Mitchell said. "I don't even know
where (the trainer) is right now."