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Detroit 109, Cleveland 107 (OT)

Dec. 20, 2002 at 11:18 PM   |   Comments

AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 20 (UPI) -- Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and reserve Corliss Williamson had four of his 19 in the final 52 seconds of overtime Friday night to rally the Detroit Pistons to their sixth straight victory, a 109-107 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland wasted a 42-point performance by Ricky Davis.

Davis became the first player in franchise history to have three 40-point games in a season but had little help down the stretch. Cleveland blew a six-point lead in the final minute of regulation and a four-point edge in the extra session en route to its 13th straight road loss.

The Cavaliers had a 105-101 lead with 3:57 left after Davis scored five straight points. But Detroit's Ben Wallace had a follow dunk and, after the teams traded baskets, Hamilton and Williamson each made a pair of free throws to forge a tie.

Wallace blocked rookie Dajuan Wagner's shot at the other end and Williamson made a running hook shot over DeSagana Diop with 7.2 seconds left.

Davis, who forced some ill-advised shots in overtime, gave up the ball on the final possession, but Jumaine Jones missed a wide-open three-pointer at the buzzer.

Wallace collected 11 points, 19 rebounds and four blocks for the Pistons, who had six players in double figures and improved to 11-2 at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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