Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 3
=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 3 ===
(Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace poured in 24 points, including 18 in the
second half, leading the defending champion Detroit Pistons to an 87-79
victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday in the season-opener for
Chauncey Billups collected 17 points, seven rebounds and five assists for the
Pistons, who were undoubtedly juiced up at the start after receiving their
championship rings and seeing their first championship banner since 1990
raised to the Palace rafters.
Ben Wallace added 15 points and 10 rebounds in the victory while also holding
Houston All-Star center Yao Ming in check. Richard Hamilton also had 15 points
and dished out eight assists.
Detroit forward Antonio McDyess, making his Pistons debut, was ejected midway
through the second quarter against the Rockets for kicking the ball after a
foul call. He had three points and one rebound in nine minutes. New Piston
Derrick Coleman did not play, nor did last year’s top pick Darko Milicic.
The Pistons are off until Friday when they visit Vince Carter and the Toronto
Raptors at Air Canada Centre.
Last season, Detroit defeated the Raptors in three of the four meetings. The
Pistons only loss was an 87-78 defeat at Air Canada Centre on April 13th,
which was Detroit’s last regular-season contest.