Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/6

Game 1: Friday, January 6th
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Pistons97
Game 2: Friday, March 3rd
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Pistons 98

(48-10, 22-8 away)

SuperSonics 96

(22-37, 13-15 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 3, 2006

    Key Arena, Seattle, WA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 21 29 21 2798
    SEA 24 23 22 2796

    Top Performers

    Detroit: R. Wallace 21 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 3 Blk

    Seattle: R. Allen 31 Pts, 9 Reb, 3 Ast

    Hamilton's jumper lifts Pistons over Sonics

    SEATTLE (AP) -- Richard Hamilton knew the shot was going down, even before he caught the pass, faced up and ended any thought of a Detroit Pistons losing streak.

    Hamilton made a fallaway baseline jumper with less than a second remaining to lift the Pistons to a 98-96 victory over the pesky Seattle SuperSonics on Friday night.

    Hamilton came free off a screen from Ben Wallace, took the pass from Chauncey Billups and hit the 19-foot jumper over Ray Allen and Johan Petro with 0.2 seconds left.

    "I know before I get the ball if the shot is going in or not," Hamilton said. "It's all a rhythm shot. The follow through and the shot are the easy part. It's just getting there and stopping on a dime, and being in the right place at the right time, and getting the shot off."

    Quiet for the first three quarters, Hamilton scored 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter. The Pistons avoided losing consecutive games for just the second time this season after losing to Denver on Wednesday night.

    The Pistons improved to 22-8 on the road and close out a four-game road trip Saturday night against the Los Angeles Lakers.

    Rasheed Wallace scored 21 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and Billups also scored 21 with 11 assists.

    "That is huge, for me and every one on this team to know that when it comes down to these situations, it doesn't have to be me every time," Billups said.

    But the victory didn't come without a significant challenge from the Sonics.

    Leading 89-87, Rasheed Wallace grabbed Billups' missed shot and dunked in front of Chris Wilcox for a 91-87 lead with less than 2 minutes remaining.

    Seattle didn't go away. Allen scored on a dunk, then after a miss by Tayshaun Prince, Allen collected his own rebound and scored on a 10-footer to pull the Sonics even at 91-91 with 1:04 left.

    After a timeout, the Pistons ran their set perfectly, with Hamilton knocking down a 20-foot baseline jumper. Luke Ridnour answered for Seattle with a 3-pointer, but Hamilton made a 3-pointer of his own for a 96-94 lead with 28.2 seconds left.

    Ridnour was then fouled by Rasheed Wallace coming off a screen and made both free throws to tie the score at 96. On their final possession, Billups ran down the clock near midcourt, came off a screen from Rasheed Wallace and found Hamilton open.

    "He was so wide open," Billups said. "I'll take that shot every day of the week."

    Added Allen, "We just got caught sleeping. We got out to contest the shot but it was too late."

    Allen led the Sonics with 31 points, but Seattle -- third in the league in 3-pointers made -- was just 4-for-15 from beyond the arc. Detroit made 11-of-29 3-pointers, even though the Sonics held a team under 100 points for the first time since Feb. 10 against Atlanta.

    "Defensively, I thought it was one of the most complete game plans that we worked," Allen said. Seattle outrebounded Detroit 48-33, including nine by Allen. "We made them score where we wanted them to score, but they made shots."

    Rashard Lewis added 20 points and Ridnour 16 for Seattle, which was trying to win consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 22 and 25.

    Much like their loss to Denver on Wednesday, the Pistons struggled shooting for much of the first half. Until Billups took over.

    The Pistons closed the half on a 17-4 run, making their final six shots of the half, capped by Rasheed Wallace's 3-pointer with less than a second left for a 50-47 lead. Billups scored 10 of the 17 points, including a pair of 3-pointers, as Detroit erased a 10-point deficit in less than three minutes.

    "We were able to put ourselves back in the game in the first half," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "We just could not shake them. ... You knew it was going to be a game that went down to the wire."

    Game notes


    Tony Delk made his first appearance with Detroit late in the first quarter. He played 12 minutes after signing with the Pistons on Wednesday. ... Saunders believes Billups is a perfect choice for the U.S. team that will compete at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. "I think he's a perfect international guy for what he can do," Saunders said. ... Warren Moon, newly elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and former NBA player and coach John Lucas were courtside.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    DET
    SEA
    Points 98 96
    FGM-FGA 37-80 (.463) 39-80 (.488)
    3PM-3PA 11-29 (.379) 4-15 (.267)
    FTM-FTA 13-23 (.565) 14-17 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-33 12-48
    Assists 26 19
    Turnovers 7 14
    Steals 8 2
    Blocks 7 1
    Fast Break Points 11 6
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 19 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 6 10

    Top Performers

    Detroit
    Seattle
    Rasheed Wallace Wallace
    Points: 21
    Reb: 11
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Ray Allen Allen
    Points: 31
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0