Tuesday , Feb , 15 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons Team Report – February 15

=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – February 15 ===

(Sports Network) – The Pistons continued their red hot play on Monday night,
tallying a 107-83 thrashing of the Milwaukee Bucks at the Palace of Auburn
Hills.

Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace scored 17 points apiece to lead the
Pistons to the victory. Detroit set a franchise record with just four
turnovers in the spotless win. The Pistons had 32 assists to go along with
their record-low number of turnovers, marking the third straight game they had
more than 30 assists.

Richard Hamilton added 16 points and Carlos Arroyo scored 15 off the bench for
the Pistons, who have won three straight and eight of their last nine games.
Tayshaun Prince chipped in 13 points and Ben Wallace collected 11 points and
12 rebounds in the win.

For the second straight game, Detroit’s Darko Milicic set a career-high in
points. He established a new best by scoring seven against Washington on
Saturday, and went 3-of-6 in this one for eight points.

Detroit drained 52.6 percent from the field, including 7-of-18 (.389) from
three-point range. The Pistons hit 18-of-30 (.600) from the free throw line in
the contest.

The Pistons have dominated their last three opponents, winning by an average
of 22.3 points. Detroit has allowed 86 or fewer points in its last four
victories. The Pistons are second in the league in points allowed per game
(88.5), while ranking 27th in points scored per contest (91.4).

Detroit is third in the league opponents’ field goal shooting percentage
(.428), while ranking 22th in field goal percentage (.436).

Detroit has grabbed a 1 1/2-game lead in the Central Division over the second
place Cleveland Cavaliers. The Pistons are also 6 1/2 games behind the East-
leading Miami Heat.

The Pistons hit the road to end their pre-All-Star game slate against
Philadelphia on Wednesday night. Detroit will then rest for five days before
hosting New York next Tuesday.

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