Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
Game 2: Saturday, January 3rd

Pistons 85

(5-3, 2-2 away)

Warriors 87

(4-3, 4-2 home)

    6:30 PM ET, November 12, 2003

    ORACLE Arena, Oakland, CA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DET 23 23 22 10 785
    GS 24 18 20 16 987

    Top Performers

    Det: C. Billups 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 12 Ast, 3 Stl

    GS: C. Cheaney 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Cheaney hits two in OT for win

    OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -- Calbert Cheaney played a lot of minutes and did a little bit of everything while leading the Golden State Warriors to an overtime win.

    Filling in superbly for injured starter Jason Richardson, Cheaney scored a season-high 24 points and hit two key shots in overtime in the Golden State Warriors' 87-85 victory over Detroit on Wednesday night.

    With Cheaney playing 50 minutes in his biggest offensive game in five years, Golden State held off the Pistons in the tense final minutes of overtime. Cheaney made a leaning jumper with 1:44 left in the extra period, and he hit a bank shot on another drive with 19.7 seconds left.

    "I don't mind taking those shots," Cheaney said. "Anybody on this team can take the big shots, but the guys knew I was feeling good. I felt real confident with the ball in my hands."

    Cheaney hadn't reached 24 points since March 5, 1998, but he went 12-of-16 in his best game since signing as a free agent in the offseason. He's hitting 58.8 percent of his shots this season.

    The Warriors also capped a superb defensive game with 3½ minutes of shutout ball to begin the overtime. With Cheaney harassing Richard Hamilton into 7-of-20 shooting, Detroit shot 40 percent and made 20 turnovers.

    Cliff Robinson also helped put away his former teammates, hitting a jumper with 43 seconds left and playing solid defense as the Warriors held Detroit to 2-of-8 shooting in overtime.

    "It this situation tonight, a younger team probably would have crumbled," said Nick Van Exel, who played 46 minutes on a sore knee. "We have a veteran team, though. That makes a big difference in tough situations like this."

    Golden State got its fourth straight home victory over the Pistons, while Detroit lost in overtime for the first time in more than two years.

    Detroit couldn't score in overtime until Ben Wallace's dunk with 1:30 left, but Van Exel and Mike Dunleavy each missed a free throw in the final seconds to keep the Pistons in it. Tayshaun Prince matched his career high with 16 points, but missed a long jumper at the buzzer.

    Detroit went 8-0 in overtime games last season. The Pistons hadn't lost in overtime since April 17, 2001 against Toronto.

    "There was a stretch in overtime where we couldn't get anything to fall," said Prince, who went 8-of-11 while the other four Detroit starters went 15-of-45. "It was a tough situation for us. We had long droughts where it seemed like there was a lid on the basket."

    Brian Cardinal, who spent the last two seasons with Detroit, had 13 points as one of the nine players in uniform for the Warriors. Richardson, their leading scorer, sat out with a sprained left ankle as the Warriors won for the 16th time in their last 18 home games against Eastern Conference teams.

    Billups had 19 points and a season-high 12 assists for the Pistons, who lost their second game in two days following a five-game winning streak. Hamilton added 17 points.

    Wallace missed the Pistons' loss at Sacramento on Tuesday night with a sprained ankle, but he had nine points and 11 rebounds in a surprising return to the lineup.

    "We just didn't play. We didn't compete," Wallace said. "We've been struggling on the West (Coast) for the last couple of years. We've just got to find a way."

    Wallace blanketed Van Exel on the final play of regulation, forcing a terrible shot as time expired. Van Exel, playing with a sprained thumb and a surgically repaired knee that's still not back to full strength, went 3-of-15 from the field.

    Hamilton hit a short floater in the final minute of regulation to give Detroit a 78-76 lead, but Erick Dampier got a rebound and scored over three defenders with 37 seconds left.

    Dampier had 12 points and 14 rebounds while playing solid defense before fouling out in OT.

    Game notes

    Warriors trainer Tom Abdenour is the brother of Pistons trainer Mike Abdenour. ... Bob Sura, traded from Golden State to Detroit last summer, played just seven minutes against the Warriors. Robinson, acquired by the Warriors in the deal, had eight points, six rebounds and five assists ... Dampier leads the league with six double-doubles in points and rebounds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 87
    FGM-FGA 33-82 (.402) 34-76 (.447)
    3PM-3PA 2-8 (.250) 0-12 (.000)
    FTM-FTA 17-21 (.810) 19-24 (.792)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-44 6-44
    Assists 26 24
    Turnovers 20 20
    Steals 7 8
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 27 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Chauncey Billups Billups
    Points: 19
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 12
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0
    Calbert Cheaney Cheaney
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1