Hamilton leads Pistons to ninth straight win
Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 24 points to lead the
red-hot Detroit Pistons over Chicago, 105-89, at the United Center.
Ben Wallace added 12 points and a game-high 17 rebounds for the Pistons, who
extended their winning streak to nine games. Chauncey Billups chipped in 17
points and seven assists.
Chicago was led by Kirk Hinrich’s 19 points and 12 assists. Jamal Crawford
added 13 points for the Bulls, who have lost six of their last nine overall.
Detroit held a commanding 88-68 lead after Tayshaun Prince’s three-point play
with 8:10 remaining in the fourth quarter. The Bulls made a game of it,
however, with a 17-4 burst to pull within seven.
Marcus Fizer had six points during the run, including a bucket to make it
92-85 with 4:10 left to play. But the Pistons responded with an 11-2 spurt to
put the game out of reach.
Hamilton scored six of the 11 points, and capped the run with a jumper at 1:34
to make it 103-87. Rookie first-round draft pick Darko Milicic saw two minutes
of action in the waning moments and ended the scoring with a 1-of-2
performance from the foul line.
Chicago activated Scottie Pippen from the injured list before the game,
getting their veteran forward back after he missed over a month because of
arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
He went scoreless in 12 minutes off the bench, however, and failed to spark a
Bulls squad that was dominated on the boards, 56-35.
Detroit led 28-17 after 12 minutes and extended its lead to 12 points early in
the second quarter when Corliss Williamson’s bucket made it 30-18 around the
The Bulls cut that deficit in half by the break and headed to the locker room
trailing 48-42. Hamilton and Hinrich had 10 points apiece to lead all first-