Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey played with fresh legs and a fresh spirit Saturday night. He was everything the Pistons wanted him to be when they drafted him out of tiny Eastern Washington University.

He made clutch plays down the stretch. He hit four crucial free throws and although he was anything but perfect, Stuckey was exactly what the Pistons needed during a game that teetered for much of the final four minutes. The Pistons beat the Trail Blazers, 94-91, ending a four-game losing streak during which the Pistons were only competitive in one game.

Stuckey returned after missing four of the last 10 games with a sore groin. And in the games he played in this season — outside of a burst here and there — he has not been very good. Stuckey averaged 11.3 points and 4.4 assists but shot just 34.3 percent before Saturday's game.