Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 20
=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 20 ===
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons won their third straight game on
Wednesday night, defeating the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-92, at the Pyramid.
Chauncey Billups scored 20 of his game-high 33 points in the second half to
help the Pistons continue their dominance of the Grizzlies.
Detroit has now defeated the Grizzlies in all five contests since they moved
from Vancouver to Memphis before the 2001-02 season.
Tayshaun Prince added 16 points and Richard Hamilton 15, as the Pistons have
won three straight following a three-game skid.
The Pistons trailed 52-49 at the break, but it was Memphis that seemed to lose
steam in the second half. Detroit used a 17-1 burst that lasted over seven
minutes to take a commanding lead. Billups exploded for 10 points during the
spurt and his reverse lay-in with 5:39 left in the third made it 68-55.
Billups ended with 14 points in the period, hitting all four of his field-goal
attempts, including 2-for-2 from behind the arc. The explosive point guard
also hit all four of his free throws in the stanza, helping the Pistons take a
77-67 advantage into the final period.
Memphis hit just 5-of-21 shots from the floor during the disastrous 12 minutes
that saw them get outscored by a 28-15 margin.
The victory was just the second for Detroit in five games against Western
Conference teams this season.
The Pistons next game is on Friday night at Madison Square Garden against
Allan Houston and the New York Knicks.