Saturday , Nov , 20 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 20

=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – November 20 ===

(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons fell to the Indiana Pacers, 97-82 on
Friday, but that wasn’t the big story, as the game was stopped late in the
fourth quarter due to a fight on the court that spilled into the stands and
included the fans.

The Pacers led a seemingly calm game by 15 points with 45 seconds left and
then things unraveled. Detroit’s Ben Wallace was fouled by Artest and the
Pistons center took exception to what he deemed a hard foul and gave Artest a
two-handed push to the face.

After that, the fighting continued by the scorers’ table as players came off
both benches to continue the melee on the court. The Detroit fans then lost
all control and began throwing cups filled with liquid and ice at Artest, who
was surprisingly staying out of harm’s way on top of the scorers’ table.
Artest was hit in the head with a flying cup and immediately raced into the
stands where he started punching the culprit.

Indiana guard Stephen Jackson followed into the crowd, along with several
Pacer players, and started swinging away at the unruly fans.

After security tried to get the players out of the crowd, the game was called
with 45 seconds remaining. However, the fighting was not over as Detroit fans
continued to pelt the Pacers as the players were being escorted into the
locker room. The players and coaches were finally able to make it into the
tunnel, but not before all tempers were lost.

This was the first game between these two teams since last year’s Eastern
Conference championship. The Pistons won last year’s series 4-2 before
eventually winning the NBA title.

Indiana will next visit Motown on March 25 and hosts the Pistons on Christmas

Richard Hamilton scored 20 points and Rasheed Wallace added 19 points and 10
boards for the Pistons, who have lost three of their last four games. Ben
Wallace, who was playing in his second game back following the death of his
brother, had 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

The Pistons will return to action on Sunday when they host the expansion
Charlotte Bobcats.