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Stuckey has 26, Pistons rally past Celtics PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 23:53
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.— Rodney Stuckey pulled the Pistons out of trouble.
Stuckey came off the bench to score 26 points and the Detroit reserves helped wipe out a 19-point deficit as the Pistons topped Boston 115-111. Stuckey’s free throws with 57 seconds left broke a 111-all tie and gave Detroit the lead for good.
“They got us back in with their energy,” coach John Loyer said of his reserves, who helped the team end a two-game skid.
The Pistons trailed by 19 points in third quarter and were down 95-85 at the start of the fourth before embarking on a 15-4 run that gave them their first lead since early in the game. The teams traded the lead several times before Stuckey’s free throws.
Boston’s Jerryd Bayless tried for a go-ahead shot in the final seconds but his 3-point try rimmed out.
Greg Monroe had 21 points and Brandon Jennings added 20 for Detroit, which also got 19 and 20 rebounds from Andre Drummond, who tied the game at 111 on a tip with 1:52 to play. Thirteen of his caroms were on the offensive glass, giving him 402 this season and making him the most prolific single-season offensive rebounder since 2000.
“I pride myself on getting offensive rebounds,” Drummond said. “That’s how I get my points.”
Jerryd Bayless had 25 points and Jeff Green added 22 for the Celtics, who lost their eighth straight and have dropped 12 in a row on the road.
Boston’s lead was 82-63 midway through the third before Detroit rallied produced a handful of runs to keep the lead from getting past 20. Pistons reserve Jonas Jerebko had consecutive 3-pointers midway through the final period to give the Pistons a lead. Rookie Peyton Siva had all five of his career-best five assists in the fourth.
“The reason we won the game was Peyton Siva,” Drummond said. “His energy in the fourth quarter was tremendous. He ran the show.
The Celtics looked sharp from the field in the first three quarters but had several droughts in the final period. They had just six field goals and 16 points in the fourth and did not score in the final three minutes.
“I thought we let off the gas defensively a couple of times and all of a sudden, instead of a 19-point game, it’s a 13- or 12-point game,” Boston coach Brad Stevens said. “We have seen that time and again in this league that those leads go quick.”
Boston’s Jared Sullinger, one of the worst 3-point shooters (.253 percent) in the league, made his first four tries from behind the arc. He scored 22 points and had 10 rebounds Saturday night in place of the injured Kris Humphries. Rookie Phil Pressey added a career-best 11 assists.
Boston guard Rajon Rondo, who had a triple double in Friday’s loss to Philadelphia, did not play Saturday. He’s missed the second game of back-to-back nights since he returned to the roster in January.
NOTES: Drummond’s offensive rebound total is the most since New Jersey’s Jayson Williams (443) and Chicago’s Dennis Rodman (421) during the 1997-98 season. . Detroit’s bench outscored Boston’s 38-11. . Humphries missed the game after injuring his right patella tendon in the loss to Philadelphia. . The Celtics’ last road win was Feb. 10 at Milwaukee. . Detroit hadn’t won consecutive home games since mid-February.
Bobcats clinch playoffs in OT win over Cavs PDF Print E-mail
Written by The Associated Press   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 23:53
CLEVELAND — No one will fault the Charlotte Bobcats for taking a moment to savor their second postseason appearance in franchise history.
They’ve come a long way in a short period of time.
Al Jefferson scored 24 points, including seven in overtime, and the Bobcats clinched a playoff spot with a 96-94 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Charlotte is in the postseason for the second time in its 10-year history and the first time since 2010. The Bobcats (39-38) are over .500 for the second time this season and hold seventh place in the Eastern Conference.
Steve Clifford, the Bobcats’ third coach in three seasons, praised his team’s character.
Tigers hold on for win over Orioles PDF Print E-mail
Written by NOAH TRISTER AP Baseball Writer   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 23:50
DETROIT — Torii Hunter and the Detroit Tigers are baseball’s only undefeated team.
The only team that can still make goofy statements like this.
“Hopefully we go 162-0,” the always-upbeat Hunter said. “It would be awesome.”
Hunter homered and drove in five runs, and the Tigers withstood a five-run ninth inning by Baltimore to beat the Orioles 7-6 on Saturday. Joe Nathan got the final two outs for his first save with Detroit, retiring Chris Davis on a flyout with two on to end it.
Hunter hit a three-run double in the third, then added a two-run drive in the fifth for his second homer of the year. The Tigers have 17 runs and 30 hits in their past two games.
Last Updated on Saturday, 05 April 2014 23:54
Michigan looks shaky in its spring finale PDF Print E-mail
Written by LARRY LAGE AP Sports Writer   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 23:51
ANN ARBOR, Mich.  — Michigan seemed shaky in its spring finale.
The Wolverines, coming off a 7-6 season, struggled to open holes for their running backs and couldn’t keep Devin Gardner comfortable in the pocket. When Gardner did have time to throw, he simply wasn’t sharp.
It looked a lot like last year.
Here are five observations from Saturday’s scrimmage which was witnessed by an estimated crowd of 15,000 at the Big House:
Carrasco, Indians start slow in loss to Twins PDF Print E-mail
Written by TOM WITHERS AP Sports Writer   
Saturday, 05 April 2014 23:50
CLEVELAND — Carlos Carrasco started poorly, straightened himself out and wound up having a fairly decent season debut for the Indians.
One bad inning cost him dearly.
Carrasco gave up a home run on his second pitch to Brian Dozier leading off the game and the Minnesota Twins rolled to a 7-3 win over Cleveland on Saturday, giving manager Ron Gardenhire his 1,000th career victory.
Carrasco gave up three runs in the first and two in the third, but the right-hander struck out seven and stayed around for 5 2-3 innings.
“It was five (runs) pretty quick,” Indians manager Terry Francona said, “then he settled down and kind of pitched pretty well. But the damage had been done.”
The hard-throwing but sometimes wild Carrasco wasn’t the only issue for the Indians.
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