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Tayshaun Prince Finally Starting To Deliver For Detroit Pistons

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Tayshaun Prince may be among the oldest players for the Detroit Pistons but he continues to prove that down the clutch, he might be the most valuable.

Prince delivered outstanding key plays to spark Detroit to a 96-94 NBA victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday, closing out 2012 on a positive note for the team.

Prince made excellent plays down the stretch to clinch the victory for the Pistons.

“We put our best defender on him and he created a foul and got two free throws,” said Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles. “That is a difficult match-up for most of the three guys in the league, Tayshaun (Prince) in the post.”

Thanks to Prince, the Pistons not only ended 2012 with a two-game winning streak but with an excellent three-game stretch, considering that before the streak started, they overcome a 22-point fourth-quarter deficit to take the Atlanta Hawks to overtime before losing 126-119 a week ago.

“We saw that we had a mismatch all night,” Pistons center Greg Monroe said. “Tayshaun (Prince) definitely came through for us, especially in the clutch knocking down what ended up being the game-winning free throws.”

Prince wound up with 20 points and was 8-of-16 from the floor, proving that the old master hasn’t totally lost his touch.

“Just his presence out there helps us,” Pistons guard Brandon Knight said. “He is such a big-time player when it comes to situations like that. He’s been in them so many times, so he’s very poised in situations like that.”

Pistons coach Lawrence Frank couldn’t have been more in agreement.

“It was good to find a way to win and execute down the stretch,” he said. “Tay was big.”