Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/13

Game 1: Thursday, November 13th
Pistons107Final
Warriors102
Game 2: Friday, March 6th
Warriors91Final
Pistons108

Warriors 91

(21-41, 6-26 away)

Pistons 108

(31-29, 16-15 home)

    Coverage: FSDT

    8:00 PM ET, March 6, 2009

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 16 24 26 2591
    DET 33 30 22 23108

    Top Performers

    GS: J. Crawford 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Det: J. Maxiell 16 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Hamilton, Pistons make easy work of short-staffed Warriors

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- With an important game in the playoff race looming, the Detroit Pistons took care of business quickly Friday night.

    Fast Facts

    • Richard Hamilton led the way with 22 points and the Pistons improved to 4-0 since his return to the starting lineup. Prior to Hamilton rejoining the starting lineup, Detroit had dropped eight straight.

    • The Warriors dropped their fourth straight against Detroit.

    • The win was just the Pistons' fourth victory in their last 11 home games.

    • Rookie Anthony Randolph scored 17 points for the Warriors -- the second highest total of his career.

    -- ESPN research

    Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Detroit beat the short-handed Golden State Warriors 108-91 for its fourth straight victory.

    Jason Maxiell had 16 points and nine rebounds, and Tayshaun Prince also scored 16 for Detroit, which got points from all 12 players. Rodney Stuckey had 14 points and eight assists.

    The Pistons are sixth in the Eastern Conference, but pulled within two games of fourth-place Atlanta in the race for home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. Detroit visits the Hawks on Saturday.

    "It's a good time for us to make a run now," Hamilton said. "We pretty muck know we can't get the one, two or three seed, we're so far behind. But we can definitely shoot for the fourth."

    Jamal Crawford scored 25 points for Golden State, which lost for the fifth time in six games. Anthony Randolph added 17 in a career-high 47 minutes. His previous high was 28 minutes.

    The Warriors had only eight players available because of injuries.

    "We got into a gun fight and we had a knife," Golden State coach Don Nelson said.

    Detroit held a 63-40 lead at the half, as 10 of the 11 Pistons who played scored.

    "Our starters came out in the first quarter and set the tone for what type of game we were going to play," said Detroit coach Michael Curry.

    The Pistons maintained a comfortable margin for the entire second half.

    "It was tough. We had a couple of chances to get it to 15 and go from there," Crawford said.

    Detroit got a strong performance from its second unit, as backup point guard Will Bynum joined Maxiell in double figures with 13.

    "We wanted the starters to get some rest and get our bench going because we go to Atlanta tomorrow," Maxiell said.

    The Pistons also have three games in four nights.

    Stuckey led the way in the first half for the Pistons with 12 points and five assists. Detroit led 33-16 after the first quarter.

    The Pistons pulled away with an 11-0 run late in the opening quarter. Maxiell's turnaround jumper capped the run with 2:03 left in the first, giving Detroit a 31-14 lead.

    Hamilton and Prince each had 10 points in the first quarter.

    "We wanted to come out early against a team that didn't have all its players," Prince said. "If you let guys like that hang around, they get comfortable because they don't have anything to lose."

    The Warriors shot only 5-of-23 in the opening quarter (22 percent). Detroit outscored Golden State 19-2 over a 7:12 stretch spanning the first and second periods.

    "It was important for us to get a jump on them so we could get some rest," Hamilton said.

    Game notes


    Former Detroit coach and Hall of Famer Chuck Daly was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He coached the Pistons to the 1989 and 1990 NBA championships. ... Golden State leading rebounder Andris Biedrins didn't play because of personal reasons. ... The Warriors were without G Monta Ellis (left ankle stiffness) and F Brandan Wright (partial dislocation of his left shoulder). ... Pistons G Allen Iverson remained out with a sore back.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    DET
    Points 91 108
    FGM-FGA 33-86 (.384) 43-91 (.473)
    3PM-3PA 3-9 (.333) 3-10 (.300)
    FTM-FTA 22-26 (.846) 19-27 (.704)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-40 16-54
    Assists 16 23
    Turnovers 13 13
    Steals 4 8
    Blocks 6 4
    Fast Break Points 10 21
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 19 (2/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 25

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Detroit
    Jamal Crawford Crawford
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Jason Maxiell Maxiell
    Points: 16
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1