Chucky Atkins of the Pistons gets tripped up trying to sneak through the Spurs defense.
Tim Duncan had 20 points and 15 rebounds, but it was the Spurs'
defense that held Stackhouse to 13 points on 2-for-9 shooting.
Stackhouse came into the game ranked 15th in the NBA with a 22.0
points a game average.
"Tonight was a good effort," San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich
said. "Detroit is an aggressive club. We played consistent for 48
minutes and got some good performances. Charles Smith and Bruce
Bowen did a great job on Stack (Stackhouse) which was important. We
Detroit, which has lost eight of nine games, was led by Zeljko
Rebraca with 17 points, while Chucky Atkins added 16 after moving
into the starting lineup.
"I thought they put down some fine defense on Stackhouse
tonight," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said after watching his team
lose to the Spurs for the fifth time in their last seven meetings.
"I thought Stack played with a lot of patience and tried to get
the ball to others. But 24 turnovers led to over 30 of their
points. If you turn it over that many times, you are never going to
win against a team like the Spurs."
Leading 72-66 going to the fourth quarter, San Antonio connected
on five of its first six shots to grab an 83-68 lead on Charles
Smith's 5-foot jump shot with 8:54 remaining.
Detroit could get no closer than 11 points the rest of the way
as Smith scored eight points in the fourth.
"You know, him (Stackhouse) or Cliff (Robinson) didn't really
seem to get going tonight," said San Antonio's Robinson. "We did
a good job team defensively wise. We didn't let those guys get to
the rim. We really made them work for their shots and that kind of
put them in a tough position."
After trailing by seven points to open the third quarter,
Detroit was able to cut San Antonio's lead to 63-62 on two free
throws by Rebraca with 3:28 remaining in the period.
San Antonio, which scored its last six points of the period from
the free-throw line, closed the quarter with a 9-4 run to lead
"We really needed this start to the month," said Duncan, who
was 8-for-19 shooting. "It wasn't as pretty as we wanted it to be
or as fluid as we wanted it to be, but we got it done."
San Antonio closed the first half with a 13-6 run to lead 53-46
at halftime as Rose came off the bench to score 12 second-quarter
The Spurs connected on 50 percent of their field goal attempts
and outscored Detroit 46-38 in the paint. The Pistons had 24
turnovers to only 13 for San Antonio.
"I think our focus was trying to attack them inside and get
their guys in trouble," Stackhouse said. "They just caused so
much problems with those two big guys (Duncan and Robinson). We
just got to continue to get good looks at the basket. Turnovers
hurt us a lot tonight."
Game notes The victory increased the Spurs' overall lead over the Pistons
to 36-22, including a 21-9 record for San Antonio in games played
in the Alamo City ... San Antonio has won five consecutive home games
over Detroit ... San Antonio is now 14-3 in the Alamodome this
season ... Duncan's double-double was his 25th this season and
245th of his career ... Stackhouse now has 9,778 career points.