Short-Handed Pistons Stop Nets 110-105

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups had 32 points and 14 assists, Lindsey Hunter and Antonio McDyess keyed a fourth-quarter rally, and the Detroit Pistons beat the New Jersey Nets 110-105 Friday night.
Rasheed Wallace scored 22 points, but it was the two reserves who led Detroit's fourth-quarter comeback. Hunter and McDyess combined for 22 points and went 8-of-11 in the quarter, including three 3-pointers.
Tayshaun Prince flirted with a triple-double for Detroit, finishing with 15 points, a career-high nine assists and eight rebounds.
Vince Carter led the Nets with 27 points, while reserve Josh Boone added 17.
The Nets started quickly, jumping out to a 12-2 lead, but couldn't sustain the pressure. The Pistons scored the next 11 points, setting up a back-and-forth first half.
Detroit led 45-43 at the break, but the Nets started the second half as quickly as they began the game, jumping to a 67-57 lead late in the third.
The Pistons narrowed the gap to 76-71 by period's end, and a pair of 3-pointers by Hunter kept them in the game.
Another 3 by Hunter tied the score at 91 with 6:10 left, and McDyess scored eight points in the next five minutes to keep Detroit in front.
Prince's jumper put the Pistons up 105-99, but the Nets came back when Bostjan Nachbar answered with a 3-pointer and a free throw from Boone to get within two with 17 seconds remaining.
Wallace split a pair of free throws, but Carter badly missed on a game-tying 3-pointer and Billups clinched the game from the line.




 
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