Detroit won all eight of its preseason games and its first two
of the regular season.
"It hurts,'' guard Jon Barry said. "Preseason doesn't mean a
lot, but it was still nice.''
Detroit didn't give up the lead until three-tenths of a second
remained in the third quarter, when Keyon Dooling hit a 3-pointer
to send Los Angeles into the fourth ahead 58-55.
But the Pistons quickly tied it on a 3-pointer by Barry to start
Neither team led by more than four points in the final period.
After Corliss Williamson gave Detroit a 70-66 lead, the Clippers
outscored the Pistons 8-2 to close out the game.
"It feels good to be a part of this win,'' Olowokandi said.
"As a team we played well and the second unit came in and played
well. Wang played some huge minutes.''
Brand fell onto the scorer's table, got up, ran down the court
and scored to tie the game at 70 with 3:57 remaining.
Olowokandi hit one of two free throws, then Maggette scored off
a turnover by Robinson for a 73-72 lead. Brand made one of two free
throws for a 74-72 lead.
"If we continue to turn the ball over, it's not going to help
us,'' Robinson said. "We got to make passes before we get in jams.
We moved the ball. We just didn't make good decisions when it came
to taking shots.''
Andre Miller, who had 10 points and nine assists, missed two
free throws with 59 seconds left, but the Pistons couldn't take
advantage. Barry missed and Williamson had his shot blocked in the
"We had it under control,'' Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said.
"We became undisciplined and took too many shots.''
The Clippers erased that deficit with a 20-3 run in the third.
Olowokandi had eight points, Wang hit a 6-foot turnaround jumper
that tied it and Dooling's 3-pointer created Los Angeles' first
Clippers starting G Quentin Richardson didn't return for
the second half because of a hyperextended right knee. ...
Olowokandi also had 20 rebounds against Boston last Dec. 29. ...
The Pistons continue their West Coast trip Monday night in Phoenix
with the first of 23 back-to-back games this season. ... The
Clippers open a four-game road trip Wednesday in Philadelphia,
where they've lost five straight. ... G Eric Piatkowski played in
his 557th career game with the Clippers, leaving him two away from
overtaking Loy Vaught for second on the franchise list. ... Brand
grabbed 13 rebounds, giving him 2,509 in his four-year career. ...
A crowd of 14,275 watched before clearing Staples Center to make
way for the Portland-Lakers game.