Saturday , Jan , 17 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons Team Report – January 17

=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – January 17 ===

(Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton paced five Piston players in double
figures with 17 points, as Detroit won its 11th straight game with a 98-77
rout of Washington on Friday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tayshaun Prince added 16 points, Mehmet Okur and Bob Sura each had 13, and
Chauncey Billups chipped in 12, as the Pistons matched their third-longest
winning streak in team history at 11 games. Detroit’s 1990-91 team also won 11
in a row.

“We have been playing great basketball,” Sura said. “Tonight was probably our
best performance of the season. We are really excited about continuing this
11-game win streak.”

Detroit then took over the game with a dominating second quarter. After Etan
Thomas opened the stanza for the Wizards with a traditional three-point play,
the Pistons embarked on a 13-0 run. Chucky Atkins’ five points off the bench
and Corliss Williamson’s four allowed Detroit to open a 31-23 advantage.

The Pistons outscored the Wizards by a 31-15 margin in the second period, and
took a 49-35 lead into the locker room.

The third quarter was quite similar to the second, but this time it was the
Pistons’ starters who did most of the damage. Billups scored all 12 of his
points in the period as Detroit pushed its lead to 80-54 after three quarters
of play.

The final period allowed both teams to empty their benches. Detroit’s Darko
Milicic, the No. 2 overall pick in this past year’s draft, actually played a
season-high nine minutes but did not score.

Detroit dished out a season-best 31 assists on 40 buckets. The Pistons shot 52
percent from the field.

The Pistons visit the Milwaukee Bucks tonight.