Saturday, March 18, 2006

Sheed and RIP tossed in New York

Jamal Crawford scored 15 his 18 points in the 4th quarter, including the winning jumper hit with 2.2 seconds left, and the New York Knicks rallied to beat the Pistons 105-103.

The Pistons were up 15 points before Rasheed picked up 2 close fouls and when he was going to the bench he was letting the refs know how he felt. He got another technical foul and was out of the game. Watching the game on WB-HD, Rasheed was dropping f-bombs left and right. This happened in the 3rd quarter. Shorlty after, Hamilton was ejected after throwing the ball after an offensive foul call.

"Rasheed went out, and then not far after that was Rip," Billups said. "It was kind of downhill. They got a little confidence going. The Knicks got back into the game and they came out victorious."

The Knicks rallied quickly during this wild third quarter that included those two ejections and five technical fouls. New York scored the first eight points of the half, getting help when Wallace was tossed after picking up two technicals for arguing, and took a 57-56 lead on Curry's alley-oop dunk.

The lead grew to 69-63 after Jalen Rose made a free throw following Hamilton's ejection for reacting harshly to an offensive foul call. He fired the ball to the opposite end of the court, hitting the top of the shot clock, and was immediately thrown out.

"I think Rip was frustrated," Pistons coach Flip Saunders. "He threw the ball at the other end of the backboard in frustration. I don't know if he should have been thrown out of the game. At that point it was a pretty heated situation for both teams."

Opinion: A Pistons loss but a meaningless game. The Pistons were playing very well and then the refs took over the game. They lost two of their stars, they were on the road, and they were playing a bottom dweller. Before the game, Brown compared the matchup to a No. 1 seed against a 16, and it sure looked that way when the Pistons put on an offensive clinic in the first half, making 22 of their first 33 shots. Bottom line; on to the next game..

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