Hayes Helps Carry Pistons to 2nd Best Record in NBA

Detroit reserve scores 20 points in victory
By Doug Sweeney,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2008 9:47 PM CDT
Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, foreground, drives upcourt after stealing the ball from Toronto Raptors guard Anthony Parker, lower right, in the second half of a basketball game Sunday.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
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(Newser) – Jarvis Hayes scored 20 points and Richard Hamilton added 18 as the Detroit Pistons clinched the NBA's second-best record with a 115-103 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. With the victory, Detroit will have home-court advantage over any Western Conference opponent if it makes the NBA Finals. The Pistons will start the postseason as the Eastern Conference's second seed behind Boston.

The loss, which ended Minnesota's two-game winning streak, was its 60th of the season. The Timberwolves finish the season with a home game against Milwaukee on Wednesday. Chauncey Billups added 17 points and six assists against his former team, while Al Jefferson led Minnesota with 30 points.