AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Jerry Stackhouse wants to go to the
All-Star Game, and he earned more consideration Wednesday night.
Jerry Stackhouse slices through Loren Woods, right, and Wally Szczerbiak.
Stackhouse scored a season-high 40 points, including 18 in the
third quarter, to help the Detroit Pistons surprise the Minnesota
"Jerry really played really well tonight -- I was working really
hard to deny him and he kept hitting tough shots," said Wally
Szczerbiak, who spent most of the night trying to guard Stackhouse.
"He kicked my butt."
"That's typical Stack," he said. "When you prepare for
Detroit, he's the first guy you think about. Everyone knows he's
one of the most lethal scorers in the game."
Stackhouse hit 17 of 28 shots to reach 40 points for the ninth
time in his career.
"I felt great out there," he said. "I got a lot of good
passes and I was able to get some shots to go down early and get
into a flow."
Detroit ended an eight-game losing streak against the
Timberwolves just two days after a 18-point home loss to Milwaukee.
"When we play hard, we win -- it always happens like that,"
said Ben Wallace. "If I could explain why it happens some nights
and not others, I'd be making a lot more money than I do now."
Minnesota lost for just the second time in 13 games, committing
a season-worst 24 turnovers.
"We're a team that prides itself on taking care of the ball,"
Garnett said. "Tonight, we didn't do that and it cost us. I don't
expect us to go 82-0, but I do expect us to come out and compete
Cliff Robinson added 20, while Garnett had 19 points and 13
rebounds for the Timberwolves.
"I thought Cliff did a great job on both ends -- hitting shots
and helping Ben with Garnett," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said.
"Anytime you can hold Garnett under 20, that's a great achievement
because he's a major load."
The Pistons, who had been outscored 67-37 in their last two
first quarters, got off to a rare quick start, leading 17-6.
Minnesota pulled back to 24-22 at period's end, but the Pistons
expanded their margin to 54-39 at the half. Robinson had 17 in the
half and Stackhouse added 16.
Minnesota was down 62-51 early in the third, but Stackhouse
scored the game's next 11 points. That gave Detroit a 22-point
lead, and the Pistons went ahead by 24, 81-57, at the end of three
"We were struggling in the third, and Jerry really bailed us
out," Carlisle said. "He was in one of those streaks where it
doesn't matter where he is on the floor or who is guarding him -- he's going to hit shots."
The Timberwolves scored the first five points of the fourth
quarter but were never able to put together a significant threat.
"I thought our last few games were not very good, but we have
been squeaking by," said Minnesota coach Flip Saunders. "But
that's not going to work against good teams."
Game notes Joe Smith will not be flying to Toronto with the rest of
the Timberwolves, but will return to Minnesota for the birth of his
second child. ... Zeljko Rebraca missed his first four free throw
attempts, then threw up his arms in celebration after making the
fifth. ... The Timberwolves went 8:14 between field goals in the
first half. ... Garnett needs two assists to pass Pooh Richardson
for first on Minnesota's career list.