- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 15, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. (AP) - Mike Conley scored 20 points and Darko Milicic added a double-double against his former team as the Memphis Grizzles beat the Detroit Pistons 89-84 Sunday afternoon.

The win ended the Grizzlies’ seven-game losing streak to Detroit.

The Palace crowd observed a moment of silence before the game in honor of longtime owner William Davidson, who died Friday at the age of 86. The Pistons wore a black ribbon on their left shoulders.

Antonio McDyess led the Pistons with 19 points and 12 rebounds, while Richard Hamilton had 14 points and 12 assists.

A jumper from McDyess gave the Pistons a 78-77 lead with 5:16 left, and the teams traded the advantage until the last minute. Tayshaun Prince missed a potential go-ahead runner with 26 seconds left, forcing Detroit to foul.

Conley hit two free throws to make it 87-84, and Hamilton missed a 3-pointer. Quinton Ross then iced the game from the line.

The Pistons are 2-11 on Sundays

Memphis led by as many as 21 points in the second quarter and were up 57-40 at intermission. The Grizzlies shot 68 percent in the half while holding Detroit to 42 percent.

Things got worse for the Pistons when McDyess, who had played just eight first-half minutes because of foul trouble, picked up his fourth in the first 90 seconds of the third period.

McDyess stayed in, and his offense helped the Pistons narrow the gap to 61-51. His nine points had Detroit within 73-66 at the start of the fourth quarter.

NOTES: Milicic, a member of Detroit’s 2004 championship team, paid tribute to Davidson before the game. “He was a great man, and he was a winner,” he said. “I know this is a sad day for the Pistons organization, and I’m going to miss him.” … Memphis’ Marko Jaric, an 81-percent shooter from the line, missed all three attempts after being fouled on a 3-point try in the second quarter.

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