Final

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 11/12

Game 1: Wednesday, November 12th
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OT
Warriors87
Game 2: Saturday, January 3rd
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Pistons99

Warriors 93

(14-18, 4-12 away)

Pistons 99

(21-13, 13-5 home)

    7:30 PM ET, January 3, 2004

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 28 21 22 2293
    DET 24 24 27 2499

    Top Performers

    GS: J. Richardson 24 Pts, 4 Reb, 6 Ast, 4 Stl

    Det: T. Prince 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 3 Stl, 2 Blk

    Pistons set under-100 record

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Larry Brown wasn't around for the end of his 900th career NBA coaching victory.

    Brown was mistakenly ejected in the third quarter of the Pistons' 99-93 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Saturday night as Detroit set an NBA record by holding its 34th consecutive opponent below 100 points.

    "That will go down as one of the top 10 bizarre plays in the NBA," Pistons center Ben Wallace said.

    Moments after Richard Hamilton was given a technical foul for arguing a foul call with 4:31 left in the third quarter, Brown was also given a technical.

    Official Pat Fraher, believing referee Tim Donaghy had called the first technical on Brown instead of Hamilton, had the coach escorted from the court. After a discussion, it was announced that Brown could come back, but he didn't.

    Brown later left the arena while the game was still in progress, and assistant Mike Woodson coached the final 15 minutes.

    "We found out it was a misunderstanding, so now we were able, under the rules, to say that a coach has not been ejected," crew chief Dick Bavetta told a pool reporter. "Why he didn't come back, I don't know. That's his decision."

    The Pistons players weren't sure what was happening.

    "That was weird," Chauncey Billups said. "They told us he was coming back, but we never saw him again."

    Detroit broke the under-100 points record set by the New York Knicks in 2000-01.

    "We don't really think much about that record," Woodson said. "We just try to play tough defense, and this comes from that. We know that if we can keep this up, we'll win a lot of ball games."

    Golden State trailed by 14 points with less than five minutes to play, but Jason Richardson had eight points -- including two 3-pointers -- in a 15-0 run that put the Warriors up 91-90 with 1:28 to play.

    "We were down 14 with five minutes to go and we just didn't quit," Golden State coach Eric Musselman said.

    Hamilton put the Pistons back ahead 15 seconds later with two free throws.

    After Nick Van Exel answered with a jumper, Darvin Ham's three-point play made it 95-93.

    "Ben made a great pass and Ham made a great finish," Woodson said. "We put Darvin in there for defense, but he made a play on offense for us."

    Van Exel missed at the other end, and Chauncey Billups was fouled by Brian Cardinal on a drive to the basket. The call was originally called a charge before being reversed, and Billups made it a four-point game with the free throws.

    "I couldn't believe the call at first, so I was glad they changed it," Billups said.

    Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 20 points and nine rebounds, while Mehmet Okur and Hamilton had 18 each. Richardson led all scorers with 24, while Van Exel added 18.

    Golden State led 49-48 at the half, and the game stayed close throughout the third quarter -- even as Brown was leaving the arena. The Pistons' defense took over early in the fourth, forcing three shot-clock violations in the first five minutes as Detroit expanded its lead to 90-76.<

    "It's a tough loss, but sometimes a loss can really turn the season around," Van Exel said. "We gave ourselves a chance in the fourth quarter, which is something we haven't been able to do on the road." ^Notes:@ Brown also has 229 career coaching victories in the ABA and 177 college coaching victories. ... Detroit's Corliss Williamson (back) and Golden State's Calbert Cheaney (ill) were not in uniform. ... Golden State's first field goal of the fourth quarter came with 4:55 to play.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    GS
    DET
    Points 93 99
    FGM-FGA 34-75 (.453) 39-77 (.506)
    3PM-3PA 7-21 (.333) 6-10 (.600)
    FTM-FTA 18-26 (.692) 15-18 (.833)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-36 7-37
    Assists 24 27
    Turnovers 15 13
    Steals 9 8
    Blocks 4 8
    Fast Break Points 6 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 15 (0/0) 20 (2/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Detroit
    Jason Richardson Richardson
    Points: 24
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 4
    Blk: 0
    Tayshaun Prince Prince
    Points: 20
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 2