Pistons rally in final seconds to 105-104 win over Spurs
SAN ANTONIO (AP) Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe each had a double-double and the Detroit Pistons scored four points in the final 11 seconds, rallying for an exciting 105-104 victory over the San Antonio Spurs Tuesday night.
With just eight seconds left, Brandon Jennings collected an errant inbounds pass and drove the length of the court for the game-winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining.
Drummond had 20 points and 17 rebounds and Monroe added 17 points and 11 rebounds as the Pistons pushed their winning streak to six games. D.J. Augustin added 19 points for Detroit, which has not lost since waiving Josh Smith on Dec. 22.
Drummond and Monroe dominated the inside, but it was Jennings who punctuated that effort for the Pistons (11-23).
San Antonio point guard Tony Parker played just 13 minutes in his return from a five-game absence due to a strained left hamstring. He was 0-for-3 shooting and had just two assists, but he did not appear to aggravate the injury great news for the defending NBA champion Spurs.
Parker has missed 13 games total due to the injury, returning twice for a single game only to aggravate his hamstring. The Spurs were 6-7 in Parker's absence.
Jeff Ayres had a season-high 16 points and Tim Duncan added 15 for the Spurs (21-15).
The Spurs rallied behind five 3-pointers in the fourth quarter, but were 4 for 7 on free throws in the final 2 minutes.
Pistons: Detroit is averaging 108.4 points in its past five games, exceeding its season average of 96.5. ... The Pistons held their previous five opponents under 45 percent shooting. San Antonio shot 46 percent. ... Detroit is averaging 8.5 3-pointers per game, which would eclipse their franchise high of 7.1 set in 1997 should it hold.
Spurs: Coach Gregg Popovich continued to use mass substitutions, replacing his entire lineup on several occasions in an effort to keep his team fresh. ... Duncan was issued a technical foul with 5:31 remaining in the third quarter after screaming at Kane Fitzgerald over a non-call on his runner in the lane. ... C Aron Baynes (neck spasms) was a late scratch, sitting out his first game due to injury.
Pistons: Visit Dallas Mavericks on Wednesday.
Spurs: Host Phoenix Suns on Friday.