Saturday , Jan , 20 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Garnett, McDyess ejected as Pistons outlast Timberwolves in double-OT

Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 26 points, pulled
down seven rebounds and dished out five assists as Detroit outlasted
Minnesota, 104-98, in double-overtime at the Target Center.

The game featured the ejection of Minnesota star Kevin Garnett and Detroit’s
Antonio McDyess with the game even at 70 in the fourth quarter. McDyess used
his forearm to knock over Minnesota’s Mark Madsen while looking for position
on a rebound.

Garnett then became angry and fired the ball at McDyess, who ran at the All-
Star with his fist up. Garnett backed up, but also readied himself to throw a
punch.

No actual blows were thrown as the officials stayed between the two big men to
prevent any serious trouble.

“It looked like he took a little swing,” McDyess said. “I looked at the film.
I didn’t want to swing because it would be a wasted of time…what for.”

Chauncey Billups added 25 points and eight assists for the Pistons, who
snapped a two-game skid. Rasheed Wallace chipped in with 18 points and nine
boards while Chris Webber finished with 16 on 8-of-12 shooting in his second
game with Detroit.

Mark Blount had 22 points and 15 boards for the Timberwolves, who lost their
second consecutive outing after winning the previous three. Randy Foye,
Trenton Hassell and Mike James all had 16 points apiece while Garnett finished
with 14 points and 19 rebounds before being ejected.

“It’s a tough loss,” Hassell said. “We took it to two overtimes. We had a
chance. We didn’t execute down the stretch and Chauncey came through for his
team. It was just one of those tough losses.”

Without Garnett, Detroit dominated the early part of the first overtime.
Hamilton buried a jumper with 2:13 left to put the Pistons on top, 86-81.

Minnesota refused to give in, however. James buried a pair from the line and
Foye followed by draining a three to tie things at 86 with just 43 seconds on
the clock.

The Timberwolves defense continued to dig in and forced a Billups miss. With
the shot clock winding down James forced a three in between Wallace
and Hamilton with 13.8 ticks remaining to make it 89-86.

But, things were far from over. After Foye offset a Hamilton lay-up with a
pair of free throws, the Pistons found Billups at the top of the circle and
the guard drilled a three of his own with under four seconds to go to send
things to a second overtime.

The Wolves then simply ran out of gas in the second extra period. The Pistons
scored 10 of the first 13 points in the stanza to seize control. Webber’s
jumper, with 1:57 left, made it 101-94.

Minnesota was never able to recover from there as Detroit held on for the win.

The Pistons entered the final frame down by five but chipped away and evened
things at 70 on a Hamilton running jumper with 5:18 left.

Things remained tight as the game headed toward the stretch. Another Hamilton
jumper deadlocked things at 79 with 1:16 left.

The teams then exchanged misses and the Wolves found themselves with a chance
to win it in regulation. Minnesota gave the ball to Foye at the top and
flattened out the offense. But, the rookie took too long to start things
before drawing a double-team. Foye managed to get the ball to Hassell on the
baseline but the swingman was forced to hurry a weak shot as time expired.

Game Notes

Detroit is now 12-8 on the road this season. Meanwhile, the Timberwolves fell
to 12-8 at home this season.

DET MIN