Wednesday , Feb , 02 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons Team Report – February 2

=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – February 2 ===

(Sports Network) – The surging Detroit Pistons take aim at their fifth
consecutive victory this evening, when they host the Atlanta Hawks at the
Palace of Auburn Hills.

Tonight’s contest will match wits between Detroit coach Larry Brown and former
assistant and current Atlanta head man Mike Woodson.

Detroit has won four straight on the heels of a four-game skid to grab a half-
game advantage over Cleveland for first place in the Central Division. The
Pistons continued their recent hot streak on Tuesday night, posting an
impressive 105-96 victory over Washington at the MCI Center.

Chauncey Billups poured in 28 points, including 11 in the final five-plus
minutes, and dished out nine assists to spur the Pistons to the win. Tayshaun
Prince scored 25 points and Richard Hamilton added 23 to help the Pistons to
the victory.

Rasheed Wallace compiled 18 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, which got all
but five of its points from its starting five. The Pistons shot 44.6 percent
from the field, including 5-of-13 (.385) from three-point range. Detroit
drained 26-of-35 (.743) from the free throw line.

Detroit guard Carlos Arroyo missed the contest after undergoing surgery to
repair a broken nose Monday. Arroyo is doubtful for tonight’s game.

Detroit has won six of seven and seven of its last nine home tilts to improve
to 15-7 at the Palace. The Pistons have four of their next five contests in
their friendly confines.

Detroit is 27th in the league in scoring (90.8 ppg), while ranking second in
the league points allowed (88.4 ppg). The Pistons limit foes to just 42.9
percent (5th) shooting.

Following tonight’s contest, the Pistons have just one more game remaining in
the week, as they take on New Jersey at the Meadowlands on Saturday. In fact,
Detroit has just one game in the next seven days after this evening’s tilt.