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Heat falls just short at Detroit

Associated Press
Published December 30, 2005


AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - In their first matchup since the Pistons won at Miami in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final, Detroit used clutch shots and key defensive plays in the final minutes to pull out a 106-101 win over the Heat.

Miami scored seven straight points to pull within two with 10 minutes remaining, a deficit the Heat had four more times before Jason Williams' steal and basket made it 95-all with 4:11 to go.

After two more ties, Chauncey Billups' layup and Rasheed Wallace's fourth 3-pointer put the Pistons ahead 104-99 with 1:04 remaining.

Detroit sealed the win on the next two possessions when Tayshaun Prince forced Dwyane Wade into an errant shot, and Ben Wallace tipped the ball away from Shaquille O'Neal.

Detroit was ahead 53-52 at halftime after 14 ties and 13 lead changes.

SPURS 111, HORNETS 84: Host San Antonio was 11-for-15 on 3s and its lead grew to as many as 32 in the fourth.

GOING DIGITAL: The league has embarked on a digital archival project that will eventually make nearly 60 years of game footage available for fans. The archive is being built primarily for league use, such as the creation of highlights packages for the Internet or cable video-on-demand services, and will take six years to complete.

MINNESOTA CONFIRMS ARTEST INTEREST: Kevin McHale, Timberwolves vice president of basketball operations, acknowledged to the St. Paul Pioneer Press his organization is talking about acquiring the Pacers' Ron Artest, but declined to discuss the situation.

ALL-STAR VOTING: The Rockets' Yao Ming (1,319,868) and Lakers' Kobe Bryant (1,213,387) led the Western Conference while Miami's Shaquille O'Neal (1,188,830) and Cleveland's LeBron James (1,150,920) topped the Eastern Conference after two rounds.

BUCKS: Guard T.J. Ford will miss two to three weeks with a left foot he sprained during the first quarter of a 109-98 loss at Miami on Tuesday.

NUGGETS: Center Marcus Camby had surgery on his right broken pinkie and will be out at least one to two weeks.

SUPERSONICS: Forward Danny Fortson was suspended for two games without pay for berating a referee and failing to promptly leave the court after an ejection during Wednesday's 108-95 loss at Minnesota.