Wallace’s miracle shot helps Pistons to OT win
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace hit a shot from three-
quarters the length of the court to force overtime, and made a few crucial
shots in the extra session to lead the Detroit Pistons to a playoff berth-
clinching 113-109 win over the Denver Nuggets.
Wallace scored 22 points, 16 in the fourth quarter and overtime, and grabbed
nine rebounds in his first game back from an automatic one-game suspension
after he was called for his 18th technical foul of the season Friday against
San Antonio. Chauncey Billups scored 34 points and tallied 10 assists for
Detroit, which won it’s second in a row, and secured a spot in the postseason
for the sixth straight year.
Antonio McDyess finished with 20 points and 11 boards, and Tayshaun Prince had
19 points and eight boards for the Pistons, who were without Chris Webber and
Richard Hamilton, who both missed the game with flu-like symptoms.
Marcus Camby scored 24 points and pulled down 13 boards for the Nuggets, who
have dropped three of four. Nene finished with 21 points and 17 boards, and
J.R. Smith added 21 points as well. Neither Allen Iverson or Carmelo Anthony
played well, with Iverson finishing with 16 points, and Anthony held to 13
Ahead 97-95, Iverson missed one-of-two free throws with 12.8 seconds left to
open the door for the Pistons, but the game appeared to be over after Billups
missed a three, and the rebound kicked out of bounds off of McDyess’ leg.
Ahead by three, all Denver needed to do was inbound the ball and run off the
final two seconds, but the pass was tipped to Wallace, who hoisted the shot
from well behind the halfcourt line, and the ball bounced in off the glass
after the buzzer sounded, tying the game at 98.
Wallace then hit a three with 59 seconds left in overtime to tie the game at
106 and, after McDyess made one-of-two free throws, Wallace made two of his
own to put Detroit ahead 109-106 with 18.7 seconds left. Billups and Ronald
Murray each made two free throws in the final 10 seconds to seal the win.
The game was tied at 71 after three quarters.
The Pistons held a 26-13 lead entering the second quarter.
Billups hit back-to-back three-pointers to post the Pistons to a 38-23 lead
with 7:36 left in the second. Detroit turnovers cued a Denver comeback,
though, as the Nuggets closed the first half with a 21-4 run. Smith scored 12
points during the run, including two threes, and the Nuggets took a 44-42 lead
into the break.
The Pistons improved to 17-3 when scoring 100-plus points…Denver has lost 11
straight at Detroit, and hasn’t won in Auburn Hills since 1995.