Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/5

Game 1: Friday, November 5th
Game 2: Wednesday, December 8th
Game 3: Friday, March 18th
Game 4: Sunday, April 3rd

Raptors 86

(7-14, 2-12 away)

Pistons 90

(10-8, 6-1 home)

    7:30 PM ET, December 8, 2004

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 OT T
    TOR 20 17 21 22 686
    DET 17 21 31 11 1090

    Top Performers

    Tor: D. Marshall 22 Pts, 15 Reb, 3 Blk

    Det: B. Wallace 15 Pts, 16 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Stl, 6 Blk

    Pistons blow 12-point lead, but Rip saves the day

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Ben Wallace made the most of a rough Wednesday.

    On the day his brother was charged with assault stemming from the Nov. 19 melee between Detroit fans and Indiana Pacers players, Wallace overcame a slow start to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 90-86 overtime win over the slumping Toronto Raptors.

    Wallace had nine of Detroit's 11 fourth-quarter points, and had nine rebounds after the third quarter.

    "He had a tough day today with what happened with his brother, but he was huge down the stretch," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "He made every defensive play and every hustle play when we needed them."

    Wallace didn't want to talk about his brother's situation, but his teammates felt he used the game as an escape.

    "This is our safe haven," Chauncey Billups said. "He went out there and he scored, he got every rebound and he played tough D."

    Wallace missed three of his first four shots, including two airballs, before rallying late.

    "We just got back from a long trip, and I felt like I had hands of stone out there," he said. "But the way we played at the end is how we won a championship last year, and that has to start with me."

    The Raptors lost their fifth in a row, and coming close against the defending champs wasn't enough for Jalen Rose.

    "Moral victories are getting old," he said. "We've got to find a way to find a way to seize the moment and get games like this."

    Toronto lost Vince Carter to a strained left Achilles' tendon in the opening minute of the second half. Carter was driving along the baseline when he pulled up and fell near Pistons owner Bill Davidson's seat. He was helped to the locker room and didn't return.

    Carter's status for Toronto's game against Denver on Friday night was not immediately known.

    The game was played a few hours after five Pacers and seven fans were charged in one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history.

    "I'm just hopeful that this brings some closure," Brown said. "No one got seriously hurt and now maybe we can get back to basketball."

    Wednesday's game was tied at 75 with less than four minutes to play when Donyell Marshall finished off a big run for the Raptors with a 3-pointer. Wallace broke the Pistons' six-minute scoreless streak with a free throw, but Rose increased the Raptors' lead to four with two shots from the line.

    After two more free throws by Wallace, Richard Hamilton's short jumper tied it at 80 with 1:29 to go. Those were the only points scored by a Pistons player other than Wallace in the fourth.

    Rasheed Wallace had a chance to win at the buzzer, but his 3-pointer bounced off the rim.

    Hamilton, though, scored on three of Detroit's first five possessions in overtime, and the Pistons' defense did the rest.

    "Our guys wanted it, but Detroit did what they do best," Toronto coach Sam Mitchell said. "Games like this happen sometimes. We had a chance."

    Hamilton topped Detroit with 19 points, while Rasheed Wallace added 16.

    Marshall led all scorers with 22, and Rose added 16.

    "In the last couple minutes, and definitely in overtime, we got stagnant," Rose said. "It's hard to score when you let a great defensive team like Detroit get a chance to settle in and watch what you are running on offense."

    Detroit trailed for much of the first half, but scored the final eight points to take a 38-37 lead into intermission.

    Even without Carter, the Raptors stayed close early in the third quarter, but Detroit began to pull away as the period progressed.

    Toronto went scoreless for nearly three minutes during one stretch, allowing the Pistons to increase their lead to 61-50, and led 69-58 at period's end.

    Milt Palacio, though, had six points in the Raptors' run that tied the game with 5:03 left.

    Game notes

    The seven fans who were charged in connection with the Nov. 19 incident, including Wallace's brother David, have been banned from the Palace for the rest of the season, if not longer. ... Antonio McDyess (calf) missed his third straight game for Detroit. ... Carter has only missed one game this season -- he didn't play Dec. 4 because of food poisoning. ... The game was the 2,000th regular-season contest of Brown's pro career, counting the ABA.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 90
    FGM-FGA 35-93 (.376) 31-82 (.378)
    3PM-3PA 5-23 (.217) 1-12 (.083)
    FTM-FTA 11-15 (.733) 27-34 (.794)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 12-49 13-56
    Assists 18 19
    Turnovers 11 12
    Steals 7 3
    Blocks 5 10
    Fast Break Points 17 7
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (2/0) 18 (1/0)
    Largest Lead 10 13

    Top Performers

    Donyell Marshall Marshall
    Points: 22
    Reb: 15
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 3
    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 15
    Reb: 16
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 6