Friday , Nov , 11 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Portland hosts unbeaten Pistons

(Sports Network) – The red-hot Detroit Pistons close out their three-game road
trip tonight, as they travel to Portland to meet the Trail Blazers at the Rose
Garden.

The Pistons are perfect 2-0 on the current swing. On Thursday, Richard
Hamilton scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead Detroit over
the Phoenix Suns, 111-104, at America West Arena. Hamilton hit the game-tying
basket and go-head jumper for the Pistons, who are the only undefeated team in
the league (5-0) and continue their best start to a season since beginning the
1988-89 campaign 8-0.

Chauncey Billups had a season-high 27 points and 11 assists in the win over
Phoenix for Detroit, while Tayshaun Prince ended with 18 points. Rasheed
Wallace tallied 16 points and seven boards and Ben Wallace had 15 points and
16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have scored over 100 points in four of their
five games this season.

After tonight’s game, the Pistons, who defeated the Sacramento Kings, 102-88,
on Tuesday at ARCO Arena in the opener of the road trip, return home to host
the Boston Celtics on Tuesday at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Portland attempts to win its third game in a row, as it plays the third
contest of a five-game road trip. On Wednesday, Zach Randolph scored 29 points
and Darius Miles added 26 as the Trail Blazers defeated the New York Knicks,
95-83, at the Rose Garden.

Randolph shot 11-of-19 from the floor and also pulled down 12 rebounds in the
win for the Trail Blazers, who have won six straight over the Knicks at home.
Ruben Patterson added 17 points off the bench in the victory.

The Trail Blazers will be off until Wednesday when they are scheduled to host
the Chicago Bulls. They will finish their homestand on November 18th against
the Golden State Warriors.

Detroit and Portland will play once more this season. The Pistons will welcome
the Trail Blazers on December 20th to The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons have won three of the last four contests in this series. Detroit
has won two in a row at Portland.

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