Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 3/1

Game 1: Saturday, March 1st
Game 2: Sunday, March 9th

Warriors 105

(30-33, 11-21 away)

Pistons 107

(39-23, 22-6 home)

    6:00 PM ET, March 9, 2003

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 22 25 28 30105
    DET 27 23 26 31107

    Top Performers

    Golden State: G. Arenas 28 Pts, 5 Reb, 6 Ast, 1 Stl

    Detroit: C. Billups 31 Pts, 2 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Stl

    Pistons win second straight thanks to Billups' heroics

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups hit a 3-pointer as time expired to cap a 31-point performance and give the Detroit Pistons a 107-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night, the Pistons' second straight win after a seven-game losing streak.

    Chauncey Billups

    Chauncey Billups celebrates his game-winning shot Sunday.

    Detroit trailed by a point and got the ball after Gilbert Arenas missed a shot for Golden State with 5.8 seconds left. Billups took the inbounds pass and hit the winning shot over Arenas.

    Corliss Williamson added 18 points for Detroit and Ben Wallace had 10 points and 19 rebounds for Detroit.

    Arenas had 28 points for Golden State, including 13 in the fourth quarter, while Troy Murphy scored 17.

    A 3-pointer by Arenas gave Golden State a 102-96 edge with 2:28 left, and after the Pistons cut the margin to three, he drove and scored again.

    Moments later, though, Arenas was called for a loose-ball foul, then picked up a technical for arguing the call. The Pistons hit two of the three free throws, pulling them within one, 104-103.

    Arenas hit one of two from the line to move the lead to two with 42 seconds left. Cliff Robinson missed, but Wallace was fouled. Wallace hit one of two to return the deficit to one, 105-104.

    Arenas had a chance to give the Warriors a 3-point edge, but his jumper was off and Wallace grabbed his final rebound of the night with 5.8 seconds left

    The Pistons led 50-47 at the half, thanks to 11 points from Williamson.

    There were 14 lead changes in the third quarter, with neither team able to score more than six points in a row. A layup by Williamson in the final seconds of the quarter gave Detroit a 76-75 edge heading into the fourth.

    Game notes

    Golden State forward Danny Fortson missed his fourth straight game due to a death in the family. ... The win was Detroit's eighth in a row over Golden State at the Palace. ... Local products Jason Richardson (Michigan State) and Earl Boykins (Eastern Michigan) both received nice applause from the Palace crowd when they were introduced. ... Richard Hamilton missed his first eight shots of the second half. ... The Warriors were playing their third game in four nights, including an overtime loss in Milwaukee Saturday night, while Detroit had been off since Tuesday.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 105 107
    FGM-FGA 39-78 (.500) 40-81 (.494)
    3PM-3PA 8-17 (.471) 3-12 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 19-26 (.731) 24-34 (.706)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 10-35
    Assists 18 22
    Turnovers 12 9
    Steals 5 9
    Blocks 2 6
    Fast Break Points 5 5
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (1/0) 24 (1/0)

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Gilbert Arenas Arenas
    Points: 28
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Chauncey Billups Billups
    Points: 31
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 8
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0