Saturday , Nov , 22 , 2003 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 22

=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 22 ===

(Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups poured in 23 points and dished out nine
assists, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 94-85 victory over the New York
Knicks on Friday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Ben Wallace contributed 10 points, nine blocks and nine rebounds for the
Pistons, who won their four straight overall and fifth consecutive contest at
home. Richard Hamilton added 21 points in the victory.

Billups sparked a 9-1 run in the first quarter when he connected from behind
the arc to make it 19-9. New York made just 6-of-21 shots in the opening
period and trailed 29-16 after 12 minutes of action. Hamilton led all scorers
with nine points in the stanza.

Detroit’s lead reach as many as 15 in the second quarter after a basket by
Mehmet Okur to start the period. The Knicks eventually went into the locker
room trailing by 11 at 51-40.

A 10-0 run in the third quarter did get New York within four. Kurt Thomas’ two
free throws finished off the spurt and made it a 68-64 game late in the third

The Pistons then scored six of the final eight points of the period to push
the margin back up to eight after three periods of play.

New York was never able to mount a serious threat in the final period,
allowing the Pistons to cruise to the victory. Detroit won easily despite
hitting just 40 percent of its shots.

The Pistons are off until Sunday when they host Baron Davis and the New
Orleans Hornets.