AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 27 (Ticker) -- Vince Carter
's debut with
the New Jersey Nets had a promising start but a disappointing
scored five of his season-high 37 points in
overtime as the Detroit Pistons posted a 100-90 victory over the
Nets, spoiling Carter's debut with his new team.
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"We're definitely playing well as a team," Hamilton said. "The
last two games, the coaches have definitely given us a lot more
freedom on offense, other than just coming down running sets the
whole time. Trying to get the ball up the court, trying to
swing and making the game simple on offense. I think that
enabled me to just go out and play my game."
The Pistons (14-12) improved to 4-0 in overtime.
Carter, who was acquired from Toronto on Dec. 17 but had not
played because of an Achilles injury suffered here nine days
prior, scored 23 points in a whopping 42 minutes off the bench
but suffered a severe cramp in his left hamstring with 2:13 left
After lying on the ground in front of the scorer's table for
several minutes, Carter was carried to New Jersey's bench, where
he received treatment on his leg. He eventually limped into
the locker room with the game still being played.
"I wasn't worried," Carter said. "I knew what it was right from
the beginning. I think I just didn't get enough fluids. This
Gatorade is going to be my friend. It had nothing to do with my
Achilles. If that hadn't been fine, I wouldn't have been out
The Pistons trailed, 89-87, before Hamilton made a jumper with
3:46 left in the extra session that triggered a 9-0 run.
, who had four points during the burst, gave
Detroit the lead for good, 91-89, on a baseline jumper with 3:13
collected 18 points, nine rebounds and tied a
career high with seven assists for Detroit, which has won 17 of
its last 19 home meetings with the Nets.
"That's the best all-around game I've seen Tayshaun play since
I've been here," Detroit coach Larry Brown
got 17 of his season-high 18 rebounds in the second
half. He also had four blocked shots, as did Prince, Rasheed Wallace
and Antonio McDyess
"This is the first time in my life I've been on a team where
four guys had four blocks," Brown said. "I can't ever remember
The 16 blocks are the most by the Pistons since 1982.
After New Jersey rookie Nenad Krstic
split a pair of free throws
to tie the game, 87-87, with 19 seconds left, the Pistons
called timeout. Chauncey Billups
milked most of the clock
before passing to Hamilton, who dished to Wallace in the left
corner. But the power forward missed a shot from the arc just
before the buzzer, sending the game into overtime.
scored 27 points but made just 7-of-23 shots
for the Nets (9-17), who connected on just 36 percent overall
New Jersey held an 84-76 lead after a jumper by Jason Collins
with 3:31 remaining but gave up nine straight points.
"As a team, we weren't able to get the job done at the end," New
Jersey coach Lawrence Frank
said. "In the second half, the
Pistons controlled the boards. Obviously, they were a presence
with their blocks and we had some turnovers down the stretch,
but you have to give Detroit credit that they were able to pull