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New Jersey at Detroit

Bynum, Wallace fuel Pistons to playoff-clinching win

CBSSports.com wire reports
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- For the past several years, the Detroit Pistons have spent early April trying to clinch the top seed in the Eastern Conference.

This season, they had a smaller goal on their minds.

On Friday, the Pistons got 46 points from their bench and clinched a playoff spot with a 100-93 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

"We're getting better and better every game," said reserve guard Will Bynum, who led the Pistons with 20 points. "They said that whichever team is playing the best going into the playoffs is pretty dangerous. Hopefully, we can be that team."

Detroit (39-40) will be in the postseason for the eighth straight year, but still needs two wins in its final three games to finish with a .500 record.

"We've been through some rough times and struggled this year," first-year coach Michael Curry said. "We need to take some of the things we've learned and use them in the playoffs. We're still going to be in there -- just not with the kind of seed we're used to having."

New Jersey (32-47) lost for the eighth time in 10 games as coach Lawrence Frank went with a young lineup for much of the game. Rookie Ryan Anderson led the Nets with 20 points, one short of his career high, and fellow first-year players Chris Douglas-Roberts and Brook Lopez had 16 each.

"I wanted to put some guys in, guys in different positions so they could feel what it is like," Frank said. "So instead of Vince [Carter], we went to Chris and Brook in the fourth quarter, and I thought Ryan gave us a big life from the middle of the third quarter on."

The Pistons never trailed, and were up by as many as 19 in the first half. Detroit outshot the Nets 61 to 36 percent and outrebounded them 24-13 to take a 54-38 lead into intermission.

"The second unit really stepped it up," Arron Afflalo said. "Will was great, but we were all getting stops and that's how we built up the lead."

Anderson's 3-pointer pulled the Nets to 76-68 in the final minute of the third period, but Tayshaun Prince's dunk moved the margin back to 10 at quarter's end.

New Jersey got to 96-91 in the final minute, but Richard Hamilton clinched the game with a 3-pointer.

"There was a lack of energy in the first half, but we kept playing tough," Lopez said. "Ryan kept us in the game, and CDR made some big plays late that gave us a shot."

Nets All-Star point guard Devin Harris left the game in the third quarter with a sore left shoulder and did not return.

He missed all five shot attempts and finished with one point, his lowest output since scoring a single point for the Mavericks against Atlanta on Feb. 26. 2007.

"We lost to them last week, but tonight we did a much better job against Harris and Carter," Curry said. "We were good at helping on both of them with our bigs."

Notes

  • For much of the fourth quarter, with the game still in the balance, six of the 10 players on the floor were either in their first or second NBA seasons.
  • Kwame Brown was called for a technical foul with 2:50 left, but Douglas-Roberts missed the free throw.
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'We're getting better and better every game,' Will Bynum says after dropping 20 points.  (AP)
'We're getting better and better every game,' Will Bynum says after dropping 20 points. (AP)

Scoreboard
New Jersey (32-47) 2018302593
Detroit (39-40) «27272422100
NJ:R. Anderson 20 Pts
NJ:B. Lopez 7 Reb
NJ:V. Carter 10 Ast
DET:W. Bynum 20 Pts
DET:K. Brown 7 Reb
DET:R. Hamilton 9 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitNew Jersey

W. Bynum

R. Anderson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
20142041
New Jersey
R. Anderson, PF377-131-241220
V. Carter, SG322-52-251036
B. Lopez, C316-104-570616
K. Dooling, PG267-110-002316
D. Harris, SG210-51-22211
C. Douglas-Roberts, SG318-140-214216
J. Hayes, SF222-100-01014
B. Simmons, SF182-30-03016
J. Boone, PF151-22-25214
Y. Jianlian, SF71-31-23004
E. Najera, PFDid Not Play
T. Hassell, SFDid Not Play
M. Ager, SGDid Not Play
S. Williams, PFDid Not Play
Totals 36-7611-1731212093
 47.4%64.7% 
Detroit
R. Hamilton, SG323-93-439110
R. Wallace, PF286-100-041215
T. Prince, SF283-62-25018
R. Stuckey, SG283-84-428310
A. McDyess, PF255-71-252311
W. Bynum, PG288-162-214520
J. Maxiell, PF245-71-460111
K. Brown, C182-23-87037
A. Afflalo, SG163-30-02006
W. Herrmann, SF120-32-26002
A. Iverson, SGDid Not Play
A. Johnson, SFDid Not Play
W. Sharpe, PFDid Not Play
Totals 38-7118-28412419100
 53.5%64.3% 
Other Games
Cle 102 Final
Phi 92
Ind 118 Final
Atl 122
Mia 98 Final
Bos 105
NY 105 Final
Orl 95
Wash 100 Final
Tor 98
Pho 89 Final
Mem 106
Char 81 Final
OKC 84
NO 92 Final
Dal 100
Utah 99 Final
SA 105
LAL 98 Final
Port 106
Hou 113 Final
GS 109
Sac 78 Final
LAC 109