Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Tuesday, November 12th
Game 2: Friday, January 10th
Game 3: Saturday, February 22nd
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

Pistons 101

(24-10, 11-7 away)

Hornets 99

(20-18, 12-5 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:30 PM ET, January 10, 2003

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    DET 21 22 18 27 13101
    NO 25 26 21 16 1199

    Top Performers

    Det: C. Billups 32 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl

    NO: J. Mashburn 26 Pts, 15 Reb, 9 Ast

    Billups spoils big night for Mashburn

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Chauncey Billups felt good enough to gamble from long range with the game on the line, and it paid off.

    Chauncey Billups

    Billups capped a 32-point performance with two 3-pointers in the last 2 minutes of overtime and a pair of go-ahead free throws with 1.6 seconds left to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 101-99 victory Friday night over the New Orleans Hornets.

    "If I wasn't shooting the ball well there was no way I would have shot those (3-pointers), but when you're feeling it you take chances like that,'' Billups said.

    Detroit coach Rick Carlisle called Billups' shooting "breathtaking.''

    "His performance was phenomenal,'' Carlisle said.

    Richard Hamilton, who had only three points at halftime, finished with 22, and Cliff Robinson scored 21 for Detroit, which overcame a 13-point deficit in the last 5:33 of regulation to win its fourth straight on the road.

    Jamal Mashburn, who led New Orleans with 26 points, 15 rebounds and nine assists, took a 3-pointer at the buzzer that rattled off the rim and left New Orleans with a three-game losing streak. The Hornets have lost five of six at home, where they began 11-0.

    New Orleans was without injured starting guard Baron Davis for the fifth straight game. But most of the losses have been close.

    "We're right there -- one or two bounces,'' Mashburn said. "We have a long year ahead of us. I've got a lot of confidence in my team.''

    Hornets coach Paul Silas said he was disappointed. "But I'm not dismayed,'' he added.

    "We will bounce back,'' Silas said. "I like the way we are playing. When we're healthy and can get guys back in the swing, we'll be fine.''

    Detroit's leading rebounder, Ben Wallace, had a sprained ankle and sat out his first game of the season. New Orleans outrebounded Detroit 51-26.

    Billups' game-clinching shot came after he was fouled by third-year pro Jerome Moiso, who Silas left in the game in place of veteran and defensive specialist P.J. Brown. Moiso bit on Billups' pump fake and landed on him for the foul with the game tied.

    Billups said he wanted to drive, but Moiso "actually played it pretty good because I couldn't turn the corner. I knew he was a good shot-blocker so I gave him a fake.''

    Moiso said he should have known better than to get caught in the air.

    "He used a little veteran trick on me and I fell for it,'' said Moiso, whose blunder overshadowed a solid eight points and nine rebounds, including a pair of athletic dunks and shot-clock-beating jumper.

    Mehmet Okur, starting for Wallace, scored 11 points, while Corliss Williamson scored 11 off the bench.

    David Wesley scored 25 for New Orleans, including a 3-pointer that tied the game at 99 with eight seconds left. Stacey Augmon added 12 and Courtney Alexander added 10.

    After Wesley's third 3-pointer gave New Orleans an 83-70 lead with 5:33 left, Detroit went on a 10-0 run and held New Orleans without a field goal for the remainder of the fourth quarter. With 9 seconds left, the Pistons regained the lead for the first time since the score was 2-0 when Billups picked up a tipped pass near midcourt and drove in for a layup to make it 88-86.

    "A couple times in the game I felt they thought they were going to put us away and our team just kept playing hard the whole game and hit some big shots,'' Billups said.

    Carlisle said he told his team they "had to be more active defensively in the second half, and that's exactly what we did.''

    New Orleans tied the game with 6 seconds left when Mashburn, who hadn't scored a point in the second half, drove into the lane and got fouled, then hit both free throws.

    Cliff Robinson's shot from the corner missed, forcing overtime.

    After trailing by as many as 16 in the first half, Detroit pulled to 58-55 midway through the third quarter, clogging the inside with a zone defense and holding New Orleans without a point for eight possessions _ five missed shots and three turnovers.

    Mashburn scored 18 in the first half on 7-for-15 shooting with a pair of 3-pointers.

    Okur brought Detroit within 51-43 at the half when he was fouled by Moiso on a dunk attempt that ended with Moiso accidentally deflecting the ball through the hoop. Okur made the ensuing foul shot.

    Game notes

    New Orleans native Robert Pack, signed by the Hornets on Friday to a 10-day contract, saw his first action before the first quarter had ended. He turned the ball over on a pass in his first possession, but assisted Wesley on a fast-break basket the following time down the floor. He finished with two points, two rebounds and three assists in nine minutes ... Billups and Robinson combined for 19 of Detroit's 21 points in the first quarter, with Billups scoring 11 on 4-for-5 shooting, including a 3-pointer. ... Mashburn's double-double was his sixth this season. ... Mashburn has scored at least 20 points in seven straight games.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 101 99
    FGM-FGA 31-76 (.408) 39-85 (.459)
    3PM-3PA 8-23 (.348) 6-14 (.429)
    FTM-FTA 31-33 (.939) 15-20 (.750)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 3-26 13-51
    Assists 21 33
    Turnovers 11 14
    Steals 7 4
    Blocks 5 5
    Fast Break Points 2 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (0/0) 30 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Chauncey Billups Billups
    Points: 32
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 0
    Jamal Mashburn Mashburn
    Points: 26
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 9
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0