Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 12/10

Game 1: Friday, December 10th
Game 2: Wednesday, February 2nd
Game 3: Monday, March 14th
Game 4: Tuesday, April 19th

Pistons 114

(39-23, 17-16 away)

Hawks 108

(11-52, 8-22 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 14, 2005

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DET 31 24 17 28 14114
    ATL 23 23 31 23 8108

    Top Performers

    Det: R. Wallace 28 Pts, 12 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Stl, 3 Blk

    Atl: A. Harrington 37 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Pistons win on night Brown leaves for surgery

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons didn't have any trouble scoring on this night.

    Stopping the other team was a bit of a problem for one of the NBA's best defensive teams.

    Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 31 points and the Pistons bounced back from the lowest-scoring game in franchise history, beating the Atlanta Hawks 114-108 in overtime Monday night.

    Rasheed Wallace scored a season-best 28 points for the Pistons, who shot nearly 52 percent from the field. The Hawks lost for the 15th time in 16 games despite Al Harrington's season-high 37 points.

    Atlanta shot better than 49 percent and far eclipsed the normal output against the Pistons, who were allowing just 88.8 points a game -- second in the league to San Antonio. Tom Gugliotta hit a 3-pointer for the Hawks with 6.4 seconds left in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime.

    "They were making shots and we were making shots," Prince said. "We didn't establish our defense at the beginning of the game. We didn't defend like we should have."

    Just one night earlier, the Pistons failed to make a field goal in the fourth quarter but held on for a 64-62 victory over Utah. It was the lowest-scoring game for each franchise, and the teams combined for an record-low 18 points in the final period.

    The Pistons, who snapped a four-game road losing streak, rebounded with their second-most points this season, eclipsed only by 117-116 victory over Charlotte in late November that went to double overtime.

    "We just made some shots early on," Prince said. "We didn't play well last night, but we had an idea the shots were going to fall tonight."

    Detroit played without coach Larry Brown, who underwent additional surgery Monday related to a November hip operation. He missed six games for the first procedure and isn't sure how long he will be out this time.

    Assistant coach Gar Heard ran the team in place of Brown.

    "He'll be in the hospital a couple of more days," Heard said. "We'll know something more [Tuesday]."

    The Hawks trailed by as many as 12 before dominating the third quarter. They outscored the Pistons 31-17, sinking 15 of 20 shots from the field to take a 77-72 lead to the fourth.

    "Al had a great game," Gugliotta said. "We executed pretty well and got the shots we wanted, so some good things came out of it."

    Detroit rebounded quickly, beginning the fourth with a 17-4 spurt. Wallace scored nine of the first 11 points, then Richard Hamilton capped the run by converting back-to-back three-point plays.

    But the hapless Hawks rallied again. After Hamilton hit a couple of free throws with 15.3 seconds remaining to make it 100-97, Gugliotta got open at the top of the key and swished the 3.

    Hamilton had a chance to win it, but his pull-up jumper bounced off the rim and the Pistons couldn't tip home the rebound.

    Detroit controlled the overtime. Chauncey Billups hit a crucial 3-pointer with 2:03 remaining to make it 108-104, the shot made possible by a couple of offensive rebounds.

    Harrington fouled out on the Hawks' next possession, receiving a standing ovation as he walked slowly to the bench.

    "He and I are great friends," Prince said. "He was definitely on his A-game tonight. He's a quick, strong guy. He can get the shots off."

    Prince followed with a short jumper, then Wallace hit a couple of free throws to finish off the Hawks with a minute to go.

    "We tightened the screws and buckled down in overtime," Billups said.

    Prince eclipsed his previous career best of 27 points, which he had three days earlier in a double-overtime loss at Boston. He was 13-of-19 from the field and 5-of-6 at the foul line.

    Wallace made four 3-pointers in a 10-of-18 performance against the team he played one game for last season before being traded to the eventual NBA champions. He also had 12 rebounds -- six at the offensive end.

    Hamilton added 23 points and Billups 22.

    Harrington was 17-of-28 shooting, while Lue scored 27 points for the Hawks.

    "It's a fine line between winning and losing when you're in close games," Atlanta coach Mike Woodson said. "We just have to find ways to figure it out."

    Game notes

    Before the game, the Hawks activated guard Tony Delk and placed center Michael Stewart on the injured list because of back spasms. ... The Hawks, who won in overtime at Toronto last Friday, dropped to 0-3 in OT games at Philips Arena. ... The Pistons improved to 3-4 with Heard serving as acting coach.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 114 108
    FGM-FGA 41-83 (.494) 46-89 (.517)
    3PM-3PA 9-19 (.474) 2-8 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 23-30 (.767) 14-15 (.933)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-41 11-38
    Assists 25 23
    Turnovers 13 11
    Steals 6 7
    Blocks 5 2
    Fast Break Points 6 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (2/0) 24 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 12 5

    Top Performers

    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 28
    Reb: 12
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 3
    Al Harrington Harrington
    Points: 37
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0