AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 26 (Ticker) -- Rasheed Wallace
biggest shot in a duel with Paul Pierce
Wallace drained a dagger 3-pointer with 12 seconds to play in
overtime, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 105-99 victory over
the Boston Celtics in a battle of division leaders.
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"When (Wallace) wants to be, he can be the best player in the
league," Detroit assistant Gar Heard said. "He came out tonight
wanting to play."
Pierce scored 32 points, including all 11 of Boston's points in
the extra session. He rattled in a shot from the arc to give
Boston a 99-98 lead with 48 seconds left.
Wallace scored 31 points, his most since joining the Pistons
just over a year ago. He answered with a pair of free throws.
"There was the one play where we scored and didn't get back on
defense," Boston coach Doc Rivers
said. "They penetrated, got
to the line and made two foul shots. That was the single
biggest play of the game. That one play shows the difference
between us and them. We were celebrating a little bit that we
were up one, and they kept playing. That is what champions do
and that is what we want to become. "
After Antoine Walker
missed in the lane, Wallace iced the game
with his 3-pointer from the left wing. He added 11 rebounds.
Detroit got just eight bench points, all from Antonio McDyess
But the Pistons welcomed back guard Richard Hamilton
a three-game skid.
Hamilton sat out all three losses with a sore ankle and showed
everyone what the Pistons were missing with 22 points, eight
rebounds and eight assists. The 49 minutes he played set a new
"It was one of them things where I was looking from the
sidelines and I told Arnie (strength and conditioning coach
Arnie Kander), 'I don't care what's going on tomorrow, I'm
coming back,'" Hamilton said. "He said, 'I was thinking the same
thing.' When you're losing, you want to be in the trenches with
them. You don't want to be on the sideline watching."
Atop the Central Division, Detroit (43-26) improved to 6-1 in
overtime this season, with the only loss a 115-113
double-overtime setback at Boston on Feb. 11. The Pistons
are also 9-0 at home against Atlantic Division opponents.
"Last time we were up there in Boston we went to double OT,"
Wallace said. "It was a good game but we came out on the losing
side, so we had to make sure we definitely got that one
Walker scored 15 points on just 7-of-21 shooting for Boston
(38-32), which has dropped three in a row but still leads the
"You look at all the little lapses tonight that hurt us and
those are the things we have to clean up," Pierce said.