Friday , Nov , 04 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons head to Beantown to face Celtics

(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons try to go 2-0 in the Flip Saunders-
era, when they head to Boston to tangle with the Celtics at the TD Banknorth
Garden.

On Wednesday, Richard Hamilton poured in a game-high 37 points and Tayshaun
Prince added 16, leading the Pistons to a 108-88 win over the Philadelphia
76ers at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Chauncey Billups added 12 points and 10 assists in the season opener for the
defending Eastern Conference-champion Pistons, who shot 56 percent from the
floor. Detroit, which lost to San Antonio in the 2004-05 NBA Finals, posted a
42-32 edge in rebounds.

Saunders was fired by the Minnesota Timberwolves after 9 1/2 years of service,
and took the reigns from Larry Brown, who departed Detroit to coach the New
York Knicks.

The Pistons, who play four of their next five on the road, were 22-19 away
from home last season.

Boston, meanwhile, picked up an overtime win in its season-opener on
Wednesday, as Paul Pierce had a game-high 30 points to spoil the Knicks
coaching debut of Larry Brown in the Celtics 114-100 win.

Ricky Davis had 27 points and Delonte West finished one rebound and one assist
short of a triple-double, ending the game with 14 points, nine boards and nine
assists.

Pierce went 18-of-24 from the free throw line and also had a game-high 12
rebounds as the Celtics outscored the Knicks 20-6 in overtime to secure the
win.

Boston, which has won 20 of 25 at home against Eastern Conference opponents,
plays five of its first six at home. Last year, the Celtics were 27-14 in
Beantown.

Detroit took three of four from Boston last season, but could be at a
disadvantage tonight, as the road team in this series has lost 10 of 15 and 15
of the last 21. The Pistons have also won six of the last seven overall in
this series and is 4-2 in its last six visits to Boston.

BOS DET