Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 1/4

Game 1: Sunday, January 4th
Pistons88Final
Clippers87
Game 2: Friday, March 20th
Clippers90Final
Pistons108

Clippers 90

(17-52, 7-26 away)

Pistons 108

(34-34, 18-17 home)

    Coverage: FSDE+

    8:00 PM ET, March 20, 2009

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    LAC 27 23 19 2190
    DET 23 23 28 34108

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles: B. Davis 19 Pts, 7 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Detroit: A. McDyess 24 Pts, 17 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 2 Blk

    Hobbled Pistons use 3rd-quarter rally to cruise by Clippers

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Will Bynum couldn't wait for his first NBA start. He was ready when he got his chance.

    Bynum, pressed into the starting lineup five hours before the game, scored a career-high 22 points and matched his career-best six assists Friday night to help the short-handed Pistons end a three-game losing streak with a 108-90 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers.

    Antonio McDyess had 24 points and 17 rebounds and Tayshaun Prince added 23 points and a career-high 12 assists to help Detroit win despite using just eight players for most of the night.

    "The pace of the game was great for us," said Bynum, who got the start after flu-like symptoms sidelined Rodney Stuckey. "I just tried to be aggressive. I knew I was the only point guard tonight."

    His energy helped the Pistons, who took the floor without four of their top five scorers as Stuckey joined Richard Hamilton (groin), Rasheed Wallace (calf) and Allen Iverson (back) on the bench.

    Bynum had his fourth straight double-digit scoring night and helped draw Los Angeles' defenders away from the Pistons' big men in the second half.

    "Will did a great job pushing the ball up the floor," said Kwame Brown, who scored 14 points -- his best output as a Piston. "It allowed me and 'Dyess to get open shots."

    Rookie Eric Gordon scored 22 points and Baron Davis added 19 and eight assists for the Clippers, who have lost 13 straight against the Pistons.

    Detroit trailed by 12 points in the first half and was down 50-46 at intermission but Prince scored the last five of a 9-1 spurt early in the third quarter that gave the Pistons the lead for good. The Clippers helped by turning the ball over three times in the period.

    "We got more sound defensively," Detroit coach Michael Curry said. "When we're doing the things we should be doing defensively, we can be pretty good."

    Los Angeles pulled to 79-77 early in the fourth quarter but Walter Herrmann answered with a pair of 3-pointers in a 27-second span to give the Pistons a cushion. Herrmann scored all 13 of his points in the last 9 minutes of the game for Detroit, which was 13-for-18 from the field in the final period.

    "At one point when we had a 10-point lead we should have had a 20-point lead," Los Angeles coach Mike Dunleavy said. "Our bigs didn't control the paint like they should have and gave up too many easy buckets around the basket."

    Chris Kaman had 13 points and Marcus Camby added a dozen for the Clippers, who last defeated Detroit on Nov. 3, 2002.

    Game notes


    The Clippers were without guards Ricky Davis (knee) and Mardy Collins (foot). ... Hamilton missed his third straight game and Wallace was out for a sixth consecutive night. ... Bynum's previous scoring high -- 19 points -- came Tuesday at Dallas.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    LAC
    DET
    Points 90 108
    FGM-FGA 35-71 (.493) 44-79 (.557)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 5-10 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 15-19 (.789) 15-21 (.714)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-32 13-37
    Assists 20 27
    Turnovers 14 6
    Steals 1 6
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 6 9
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 13 (2/0) 16 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 12 18

    Top Performers

    Los Angeles
    Detroit
    Baron Davis Davis
    Points: 19
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Antonio McDyess McDyess
    Points: 24
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 2