OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- At age 35, Lindsey Hunter can still spark a
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
Before the decisive run, neither team led by more than seven
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.
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
"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.