Stuckey returns to action

Updated: March 20, 2010, 3:11 AM ET
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Detroit's Rodney Stuckey played for the first time since collapsing on the bench two weeks ago, making three 3s and scoring 25 points in 27 minutes.

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Stuckey spurred a fourth-quarter rally that wiped out a 17-point Indiana lead in the final 10 minutes, but the Pacers held on for a 106-102 win.

"The plan wasn't to play all those minutes, but I mean it was just in the heat of the game," Stuckey said. "I've been working out. After this happened, I took a couple of days off, but after that I've just been working out. I feel fine."

Stuckey has not played since collapsing on the bench two weeks ago and was eager to start playing basketball again.

"I'll play a little bit tonight just to see where I'm at," Stuckey said before the game. "I just don't like talking about it. That's just how it is. That's just how I am. I mean it happened, it's over."

The Pistons weren't just going to move on, though.

Stuckey was not subject to any limitations on playing time coach John Kuester said before the game, but the team was going to try to help Stuckey ease his way back into playing shape.

"He's a full-go, but it's a situation that when he comes off the bench we're going to monitor him," Kuester said. "He hasn't played full bore for two weeks, so your wind is going to be a little different."

Doctors cleared Stuckey for exercise last week after extensive cardiac tests. Last season, Stuckey missed two games after experiencing dizziness.

His return adds another body to the Pistons' rotation, something that should help the Pistons as they try to snap a three-game losing streak. The Pistons have won just two of their past 12 games.

Stuckey is Detroit's second-leading scorer with 17.1 points per game.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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