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Associated Press, Published October 24 2013

Pistons beat Wolves on Smith’s 3-pointer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Josh Smith made a 3-pointer as time expired and finished with 20 points to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 99-98 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Thursday night in both teams’ exhibition finale.

J.J. Barea’s layup with 3.6 seconds left gave the Timberwolves (4-3) a 98-96 lead but Smith, who got the ball out of a timeout, launched his shot in the final second. It hit the rim and fell in as the horn sounded.

Greg Monroe and Will Bynum each added 17 points, rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 13 and Andre Drummond grabbed 20 rebounds for the Pistons (4-4).

Kevin Love had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Kevin Martin added 18 points for Minnesota on a night both coaches gave their younger players plenty of playing time.

Minnesota 20 26 29 23 – 98

Detroit 20 31 19 29 – 99

MINNESOTA (98): Cunningham 1-3 2-2 4, Love 7-16 2-2 19, Turiaf 1-3 0-0 2, Rubio 6-12 0-0 15, Martin 5-13 7-7 18, Dieng 1-4 1-2 3, Brewer 2-7 2-2 7, Shved 3-5 0-0 8, Barea 7-13 0-0 16, Williams 2-7 2-2 6. Totals 35-83 16-17 98.

DETROIT (99): Smith 6-17 5-11 20, Monroe 5-12 7-10 17, Drummond 5-8 1-3 11, Siva 1-2 0-0 2, Caldwell-Pope 6-10 0-3 13, Singler 4-8 1-2 10, Bynum 6-12 5-5 17, Harrellson 0-2 0-0 0, Jerebko 3-4 0-0 9. Totals 36-75 19-34 99.

3-Point Goals: Minnesota 12-33 (Rubio 3-6, Love 3-7, Shved 2-2, Barea 2-5, Brewer 1-5, Martin 1-5, Williams 0-3), Detroit 8-21 (Jerebko 3-3, Smith 3-9, Caldwell-Pope 1-3, Singler 1-4, Bynum 0-1, Harrellson 0-1). Fouled Out: None. Rebounds: Minnesota 49 (Love 10), Detroit 54 (Drummond 20). Assists: Minnesota 18 (Martin 4), Detroit 21 (Bynum 9). Total Fouls: Minnesota 22, Detroit 20. Technicals: Minnesota defensive three second, Smith. A: 10,107 (22,076).