Page 2 of 2   <      

Hamilton, Pistons beat Raptors 99-95 in overtime

Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon (8) drives past Detroit Pistons' Antonio McDyess (24) as Will Bynum, left, looks on during second quarter NBA action in Toronto on Friday, March 13, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young)
Toronto Raptors' Jose Calderon (8) drives past Detroit Pistons' Antonio McDyess (24) as Will Bynum, left, looks on during second quarter NBA action in Toronto on Friday, March 13, 2009. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Chris Young) (Chris Young - AP)
  Enlarge Photo    

Bosh reacted harshly when asked if he was frustrated by Toronto's latest skid.

"Frustrated? Stop using that word, frustrating," Bosh said. "Jesus Christ, where do you all get that word. Use another word. You all got a thesaurus around? I'm not upset. You compete, you play the game you play to win. If you come up short then that's what it is. Nobody is frustrated around here."

Shawn Marion had 18 points for Toronto, which held its opponent below 100 points for the first time in 10 games.

Detroit pulled away with a 9-0 run to begin the extra session, but Marion's free throw pulled Toronto within 97-94 with 52 seconds left. Stuckey's turnover gave the Raptors the ball and McDyess fouled out, sending Bosh to the line, where he made the first but missed the second. Toronto's Pops Mensah-Bonsu grabbed the rebound but Maxiell rejected his off-balance shot, then put Toronto away with a dunk at the other end.

"Max come up with a big play as Pops was kind of falling away," Detroit coach Michael Curry said. "He needed to come up with that one. That was his guy, Pops was his man that he didn't box out, so he had to get that."

Detroit led 68-57 after three before Toronto opened the fourth on a 10-2 run, cutting it to 70-67 with 9:22 remaining. The Raptors hung around until Marion banked in a shot to make it 85-84 with a minute to go.

After a Pistons timeout, Hamilton found Arron Afflalo for a 3-pointer from the corner, giving Detroit an 88-84 lead. But Marion banked in another and McDyess was called for offensive basket interference, allowing Calderon to tie it on a driving layup with 9 seconds left.

Detroit called timeout and got the ball to Hamilton but his shot rimmed out, sending the game to overtime tied 88-all.

Starting for the injured Rasheed Wallace, Maxiell shot 4-for-4 and scored eight points in the first to give the Pistons a 24-21 lead. Toronto began the second on an 8-2 run, including six straight points from Mensah-Bonsu, and led 45-40 at the half.

Toronto center Andrea Bargnani scored four points in nine minutes before leaving because of flu-like symptoms.

Notes:@ Pistons Hall of Fame owner Bill Davidson died Friday at 85. ... Bosh's 31 field goal attempts were a career-high. ... Hamilton picked up a technical foul for arguing a call in the second. ... Wallace (strained left calf) missed his second straight game and is not expected to play Sunday against Memphis, coach Michael Curry said. ... With his eighth assist, Calderon moved past Alvin Williams to become Toronto's franchise leader. Calderon has 1,795 career assists.


<       2

© 2009 The Associated Press