Pistons Win 4th Straight, Beat Desperate Nets

Detroit about to clinch No. 2 seed in East; NJ on verge of elimination
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 5, 2008 12:08 AM CDT
Pistons Win 4th Straight, Beat Desperate Nets
New Jersey Nets forward Sean Williams, left, pulls in a rebound in front of Detroit Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, right, during the second half on Friday, April 4, 2008, in Auburn Hills, Mich.   (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)

(Newser) – Antonio McDyess scored 19 points, Rasheed Wallace added 17 points and eight rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons beat the New Jersey Nets, 106-87, tonight for their fourth straight victory. Both teams played without a key starter as Richard Hamilton (hip) sat out for Detroit, while Vince Carter (ankle) was sidelined for the Nets. Richard Jefferson led New Jersey with 15 points.

The victory moved Detroit to the verge of clinching the second seed in the Eastern Conference, They can do so with one win or an Orlando loss. New Jersey trails Atlanta by four games with six games left in the race for the East's last playoff spot. Rookie Rodney Stuckey added 14 points and a career-best nine assists for Detroit. (Read more NBA stories.)

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