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

Detroit Pistons Team Report – March 15

=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – March 15 ===

(Sports Network) – The Pistons managed to pull out their second consecutive
narrow victory over one of the league’s worst teams on Monday night, defeating
the lowly Atlanta Hawks, 114-108, in overtime at Philips Arena.

Chauncey Billups scored seven of his 22 points in overtime to spur the Pistons
to the win. Tayshaun Prince netted a career-best 31 points and Rasheed Wallace
delivered a season-best 28 points along with 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who
snapped a four-game losing streak on the road.

Richard Hamilton added 23 points to help Detroit to its third win in four
games overall. The Pistons received just six total points from their bench in
the win.

Detroit didn’t play its normally stellar defense, allowing Atlanta to hit 52
percent of its shots from the field. The Pistons did muster 49.4 percent from
the field, including 9-of-19 (.474) from three-point range. Detroit drained
23-of-30 (.767) from the free throw line.

The Pistons were without head coach Larry Brown, who will soon undergo a
follow-up procedure on his hip which required surgery in November and will be
sidelined indefinitely. Gar Heard led the team in Brown’s absence. Detroit is
now 3-4 in the seven games Brown has missed this season.

Ben Wallace had two blocks to tie Terry Tyler for first place on Detroit’s
career list in that category. He now has 1,070 rejections in a Piston uniform.

Detroit remains atop the Central Division, leading second place Cleveland by
five games. The Pistons are 8 1/2 games behind Eastern Conference leader
Miami.

The Pistons have a day off before beginning a three-game homestand against
Seattle on Wednesday. Detroit will also host Toronto (Friday) and San Antonio
(Sunday) during the homestand.

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