The Pistons' Allen Iverson makes a reverse layup last night against the Spurs. He shared team honors with 19 points.
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SAN ANTONIO - Rasheed Wallace made three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 19 points as the Detroit Pistons rallied from 10 points down to beat San Antonio 89-77 last night despite the return of Manu Ginobili to the Spurs' starting lineup.
Allen Iverson also scored 19 for Detroit (11-6), which has won two of three. Richard Hamilton added 16 points and Tayshaun Prince scored 15.
The Spurs (9-8) have dropped two straight after winning four in a row. They were led by Tim Duncan, who had 23 points, but just one point in the fourth quarter.
Ginobili scored 13 in his first start of the season after missing the first 12 games because of offseason ankle surgery.
The Pistons, who trailed by 10 twice in the third quarter, finally pulled ahead when Wallace hit a 3-pointer almost four minutes into the fourth quarter. Wallace hit two more 3s in the fourth quarter as Detroit outscored the Spurs 28-14.
Iverson trimmed the Spurs' 50-40 lead less than two minutes into the third quarter down to 52-50 on a layup with 7:18 remaining in the period.
But San Antonio scored eight straight, capped by Bruce Bowen's 3-pointer with 3:14 left in the third, to go ahead 60-50 with 3:14 left in the third quarter.
Iverson's 3-pointer cut the Spurs' lead to one point, but Ginobili came back down the floor and quickly hit his own 3-pointer. San Antonio clung to a 63-61 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
After starting the game 4-of-5 for a two-point lead, the Pistons went 1-of-7 during the next 5:22 and the Spurs held their largest lead of the quarter at 16-10.
Iverson, who played the entire opening quarter for seven points on 3-of-5 shooting, got Detroit back on track with a 3-pointer to cut San Antonio's lead to 16-13 with 3:42 to go. But the Spurs led by five heading into the second quarter.
San Antonio led by as many as seven points in the second quarter before the Pistons scored 12 consecutive points during a stretch of 3:28. The run consisted of a pair of free throws and five straight layups. The last two were slam dunks by Jason Maxiell that gave Detroit a 31-26 lead with 7:10 left in the first half.
NOTES: Hamilton tied John Long (1978-91) for eighth place on the Pistons' all-time scoring list. ... Wallace drew a technical foul almost six minutes into the second half and not long after he was not allowed a two-shot foul on an attempted tap-in. ... The Pistons are 5-2 against the Spurs since losing the '05 Finals in a seven-game series.
PACERS 118, LAKERS 117
INDIANAPOLIS - Danny Granger scored 32 points and led Indiana back from a 15-point fourth-quarter deficit, and Troy Murphy tipped in a missed shot at the buzzer to complete an improbable victory over the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Lakers (14-2) came into the game with seven straight wins, the league's best record and reigning MVP Kobe Bryant. But even another terrific night from Bryant, who scored 28 points and had seven rebounds, wasn't enough to fend off the pesky Pacers.
Wizards 108, Nets 88
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Caron Butler had 22 points and 10 assists, and DeShawn Stevenson added 21 to lead Washington to its first road win of the season and their first win over an Eastern Conference opponent after 11 straight losses.
Trail Blazers 104, Knicks 97
NEW YORK - Brandon Roy scored 23 points, and Portland dominated the fourth quarter to beat the Knicks for their fifth straight victory.
Chris Duhon scored a season-high 23 points and added 13 assists for the Knicks, who missed 10 of their first 12 shots in the fourth quarter, when they were outscored 19-5.