Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/13

Game 1: Friday, October 13th
Game 2: Wednesday, October 18th

Pistons 101

(2-0, 2-0 away)

Timberwolves 96

(1-1, 1-1 home)

    Coverage: WDWB

    7:00 PM ET, October 13, 2006

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 29 19 22 31101
    MIN 29 24 14 2996

    Detroit 101, Minnesota 96

    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- At age 35, Lindsey Hunter can still spark a rally.

    The 13-year NBA veteran followed his tie-breaking three-pointer with a steal that led to another basket, igniting an 11-0 fourth-quarter run to carry Detroit to a 101-96 exhibition win over Minnesota in front of 11,555 fans Friday at the Qwest Center.

    Hunter, the oldest active player on either team's roster, broke an 82-82 tie with a three-pointer with 6:30 remaining, then made a midcourt takeaway that led to a score by Ronald Murray and opened up a five-point Piston lead.

    Hunter then added a driving layup of his own and assisted on an Antonio McDyess basket as Detroit's lead grew to 93-82.

    "That's been my job -- to come off the bench, give the team a spark and let the guys come back and finish the job," Hunter said. "I look forward to doing that."

    Hunter scored 11 of his 15 points and Jason Maxiel tallied 10 of his game-high 16 points in the final quarter as Detroit held on for the victory. Murray had 14 points and Rasheed Wallace and Richard Hamilton each added 12 as the Pistons moved to 2-0 in the preseason.

    Before the decisive run, neither team led by more than seven points.

    Detroit had seven-point leads in both halves, but each time the Timberwolves pulled even. Troy Hudson scored nine of his 15 points in the second quarter as Minnesota came from down 38-31 to lead by five at the half.

    Kevin Garnett and Bracey Wright each scored 12 points for Minnesota, 1-1, and the Timberwolves shot 55 percent from the field.

    But the team hurt its own cause by turning the ball over 23 times. It now has committed 50 total turnovers in its two preseason games.

    "As a team we need to turn our turnovers down -- there's too many turnovers," said Garnett, who played in only the first and third quarters. "If we have 15 turnovers, we win this game quite convincingly. The next focus is to be more consistent with keeping the turnovers down. But that's what exhibition is for. You'd rather make mistakes here, try to correct them and move on forward."

    The Timberwolves used a 10-2 run at the end of the second quarter to lead 53-48 at the half, then gave the ball away nine times in their 14-point third quarter.

    The teams traded scores early in the fourth quarter until Hunter's three gave the Pistons the lead for good.

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