Sunday , Dec , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Maxiell’s late jumper lifts Pistons past Sonics

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Jason Maxiell’s baseline jumper with 6.8
seconds left gave Detroit the lead and the Pistons went on to defeat
the Seattle SuperSonics 97-93 at the Palace.

Maxiell ended with 17 points and 12 rebounds, both career highs, as the
Pistons have won two straight and four of five. Richard Hamilton added 24
points and Chauncey Billups had 21 points and eight assists for the Pistons,
who came through down the stretch.

After Seattle’s Rashard Lewis hit a pair of free throws to tie that game at
93-93 with 28.4 seconds left, Maxiell came through at the other end. Billups
broke down the defense by driving the lane and then kicked the ball out to
Maxiell along the baseline to the left of the basket and he hit the mid-range
jumper for the two-point lead.

Carlos Delfino deflected the ensuing inbounds pass from Luke Ridnour and the
ball went out of bounds off the Sonics with two seconds left. Billups then hit
a pair of free throws in the final second to ice the win.

Lewis ended with 25 points and 11 rebounds for the Sonics, who fell to 0-4 on
their current five-game road trip. Chris Wilcox had 21 points for Seattle,
which wraps up its trip in Memphis on Monday.

Seattle led 28-21 after one quarter, but Detroit responded and went into
halftime ahead 51-50. The Sonics led 69-65 with just over four minutes left in
the third, but the Pistons went on an 8-0 run to forge ahead 73-69 following a
Tayshaun Prince bucket with just over two minutes to play in the stanza.

Earl Watson followed with a basket and Lewis drained a three to put Seattle
back in the lead, 74-73, but Detroit bridged the final two quarters with a 6-0
burst to retake the lead. A pair of Maxiell free throws gave the Pistons a
77-74 advantage after three quarters and his bucket early in the fourth capped
the run for a 79-74 lead.

Game Notes

Seattle’s Ray Allen missed his seventh straight game with a strained tendon in
his right foot…Ridnour ended with 15 points…Prince had 11 points and eight
boards…The Pistons have won four straight against the Sonics…This was the
first of two meetings this season between these two teams…Seattle fell to
4-9 on the road…Detroit, fresh off a 3-1 road trip, improved to 7-3 at home.