Final

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Sunday, November 23rd
Timberwolves106Final
Pistons80
Game 2: Wednesday, January 28th
Pistons98Final
Timberwolves89

Timberwolves 106

(3-9, 1-5 away)

Pistons 80

(8-5, 3-2 home)

    Coverage: KSTC

    6:00 PM ET, November 23, 2008

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIN 22 22 32 30106
    DET 19 15 18 2880

    Top Performers

    Min: R. Foye 23 Pts, 1 Reb, 14 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Det: T. Prince 20 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Foye, Timberwolves find victory on road as Pistons struggle offensively

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Randy Foye got the message.

    After two days of listening to his coaches and teammates urge him to play with more intensity, the Minnesota Timberwolves guard did just that on Sunday.

    Fast Facts

    • Minnesota won for the second time in three games after losing eight consecutive games. On the opposite side, Detroit lost its second consecutive game by 18 points or more.

    • The Pistons fell to 4-5 since Allen Iverson's arrival.

    • Richard Hamilton, Iverson and Rasheed Wallace all scored fewer than 10 points and combined to shoot 8-for-32 from the field.

    -- ESPN research

    Foye had 23 points and a career-high 14 assists, and the Timberwolves beat the Detroit Pistons 106-80 for their first road victory of the season.

    "Tonight showed what kind of player Randy can be," Minnesota coach Randy Wittman said. "We've been talking to him for the last two days, telling him that he needed to be more aggressive."

    Foye attacked the basket and the slumping Timberwolves came alive.

    "Everything seemed simple tonight," he said. "Coach told me to go for it, and there was a lot of energy out there."

    Minnesota came into the game with a 2-9 record, including 0-5 on the road, and had just lost 95-78 to Boston on Thursday.

    "We weren't happy with the way we lost to Boston, and we knew we were playing a similar team tonight," said Ryan Gomes, who scored 20 points. "Tonight, we did the job."

    The Timberwolves dominated the lethargic Pistons, who have lost three of four. Detroit fell to 4-5 since Allen Iverson joined the team on Nov. 7.

    "I stunk up the gym tonight," said Iverson, who scored nine points on 3-of-11 shooting. "I couldn't do anything right on the offensive end. It was one of the nights you wish you never have, but they happen.

    "It will be tough to sleep tonight."

    Al Jefferson had 19 points for Minnesota and reserve Craig Smith scored 16.

    Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 20 points, but Jason Maxiell was the only other player to reach double figures with 12.

    "My top three guards were 5-for-27, but they've played enough basketball that they know they can't get frustrated," Detroit coach Michael Curry said. "Add in Rasheed Wallace, and it is 8-for-37. You aren't going to win many games like that."

    The Timberwolves took control with first-half defense, holding Detroit to just 28 percent shooting while building a 44-34 lead. Gomes had 13 points and six rebounds in the half.

    Minnesota threatened to pull away early in the third, leading by as many as 15, but Prince kept the Pistons in the game by scoring 10 points in the first seven minutes of the half.

    Prince, though, didn't get any help as the Timberwolves turned the game into a blowout. Minnesota led 76-52 at quarter's end, and cruised to the lopsided win.

    It was a far cry from the Celtics game, when Minnesota only scored 10 points in the third.

    "This is a funny game sometimes -- two similar teams and two different results," Wittman said. "This is the one that brings a smile to my face, though."

    Game notes


    It was a rough weekend for Detroit sports fans, as Michigan, Michigan State, the Lions and Pistons lost their games by a combined score of 235-125. ... Foye's previous career high in assists was 10 against Philadelphia on Jan. 5, 2007. ... The Pistons are 0-3 on Sundays this season, having lost the games by an average of 18.7 points. They are 8-2 on the other six days of the week.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    MIN
    DET
    Points 106 80
    FGM-FGA 44-83 (.530) 30-81 (.370)
    3PM-3PA 7-11 (.636) 5-14 (.357)
    FTM-FTA 11-14 (.786) 15-22 (.682)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 7-45 8-36
    Assists 32 22
    Turnovers 13 11
    Steals 4 4
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 11 8
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 17 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 28 4

    Top Performers

    Minnesota
    Detroit
    Randy Foye Foye
    Points: 23
    Reb: 1
    Ast: 14
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Tayshaun Prince Prince
    Points: 20
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1