Pistons 90, Raptors 89, OT
Richard Hamilton scored all eight of Detroit’s points in overtime and Wallace blocked two shots in the final five seconds as the Pistons beat the Raptors 90-89 Friday night.
Vince Carter sent the game into overtime with a 3-pointer and gave Toronto a three-point lead with 1:01 left in the extra period, but Hamilton followed with a driving layup and two free throws for a 90-89 lead with 23 seconds remaining.
Toronto’s Alvin Williams and Chris Bosh both missed jumpers before Wallace blocked Morris Peterson’s shot attempt with five seconds left. The Raptors won the ensuing jump ball, and Wallace blocked Carter’s potential game-winning jumper just before the buzzer.
“I stepped over and Vince came right to me, and you know what happened after that,” said Wallace, who’d rather make a game-winning block than shot.
“I make my statements on the defensive end. To get a block at the end of the game, that’s my satisfaction right there,” he said.
Wallace had 18 rebounds and Hamilton finished with 28 points for the Pistons, who have won two straight following a three-game losing skid.
“We got down by three and Richard made some unbelievable plays,” Detroit coach Larry Brown said. “And Ben made huge plays defensively.”
Carter had 31 points for the Raptors, who have lost six of seven.
Carter, who averaged just 13 points in his previous three games after returning from a quadriceps injury, went 13-for-26 from the field.
Carter said he didn’t see Wallace coming.
“That’s why he’s an All-Star, that’s why he’s defensive player of the year. He makes big plays on defense,” Carter said.
Corliss Williamson’s post-up basket gave Detroit a 77-71 lead with 5:05 left in regulation, and Toronto fans booed after Jalen Rose and Carter missed consecutive jumpers with just over four minutes left.
Williams replaced Rose and made two straight jumpers, cutting Detroit’s lead to two with 2:39 left. Chauncey Billups followed with a jumper, but Carter answered with a layup.
Williamson followed with a hook shot, but Carter made another layup with 40 seconds left in regulation. Hamilton made one of two free throws, giving Detroit a 3-point lead with 12.1 seconds remaining.
Carter followed with his 3-pointer 5.9 seconds left, and Billups missed an off-balance jumper at the buzzer.
“It is a tough loss for our guys, a very difficult loss,” Toronto coachKevin O’Neill said.
O’Neill and assistant coach Tony Brown were both assistants with the Pistons the past two seasons. … Charlie Brinkerhoff, Carter’s high school coach at Daytona (Fla.) Beach Mainland High, attended the game. … Indianapolis Colts kicker Mike Vanderjagt sat next to 1996 Olympic 100-meter champion Donovan Bailey. … The Pistons have been outscored 126-86 in the first quarter of their last five games. … Rose, who turned 31 Friday, went 2-for-12 from the field for just six points. He didn’t return after Williamsreplaced him with 4:14 left in regulation.