Saturday , Mar , 24 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Spurs hold on to edge Pistons

San Antonio, TX (Sports Network) – Tony Parker scored 22 points and dished out
seven assists as San Antonio held on for a 90-89 victory over Detroit in a
battle between two of the top teams in the league.

Tim Duncan posted 17 points and 14 rebounds for the Spurs, who currently sit
in the third spot of the Western Conference.

Brent Barry made 4-of-5 three pointers for 16 points, while Manu Ginobili
scored 10 points off the bench for San Antonio, which has won two in a row
after a brief two-game skid.

Rasheed Wallace scored 21 points and grabbed seven rebounds for the Eastern
Conference leading Pistons, who have dropped three of their last four.
Detroit’s lead over Cleveland was trimmed to 1 1/2 games for first place in
the Central Division.

Antonio McDyess had a strong game with 18 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks
for Detroit, while Chauncey Billups scored 13 points and almost single-
handedly won the game for the Pistons.

Down by nine with less than two minutes to play, Billups converted four
straight free throws to bring the Pistons within 85-80 with 1:04 left on the
clock. Ginobili then badly overthrew a pass to Parker and Billups came back
with a pull-up jumper to make it a three-point game with 50.8 seconds

Parker had a seemingly open look at a layup on San Antonio’s next possession,
but McDyess came out of nowhere for the rejection and then made a layup at the
other end to bring Detroit within 85-84 with 18.3 seconds left.

After Ginobili hit two from the charity stripe, Bruce Bowen was called for a
questionable blocking foul on Richard Hamilton. However, Hamilton, a 86.2
percent shooting from the line, bricked both of his attempts and Duncan made
1-of-2 free throws to make it 88-84 with 10.4 seconds remaining.

Billups’ jumper in the lane brought the Pistons within two with 4.4 ticks left
on the clock, but Ginobili iced the game at the other end with two free
throws. Tayshaun Prince’s three at the buzzer accounted for the final margin.

San Antonio scored the first seven points of the game and led by as much as 13
in the opening quarter. Hamilton, though, hit a layup at the buzzer to cut
Detroit’s deficit to 27-16 and the Pistons carried the momentum into the
second quarter.

Detroit opened up with a 10-2 spurt to pull within 30-26 on Ronald Murray’s
jumper four minutes into the quarter. A Wallace three-point play tied it at
38-38 with 3:21 left and Wallace and Murray closed the first half out with
back-to-back baskets to hand the Pistons a 47-45 lead at halftime.

Then, after a pair of Wallace free throws to open the third quarter, the Spurs
answered back as Duncan hit a turnaround jumper, Barry nailed a three and
Bowen dropped in a layup that put San Antonio up 52-49.

Prince’s hook shot brought Detroit within one, but the Spurs ripped off eight
straight points, capped by a Robert Horry trey, to push their advantage to
60-51 midway through the quarter. San Antonio took a 71-61 lead into the
fourth quarter

Hamilton’s jumper brought Detroit within 77-74 with less than four minutes to
play, but the Spurs answered with an 8-2 spurt that made it 85-76 with 2:21
left on the clock.

Game Notes

Hamilton scored 16 points for Detroit and Prince ended with 11 points and nine
rebounds…San Antonio took both meetings with Detroit this season.