Hamilton’s hot shooting leads Pistons past New Jersey
East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton shot 10-of-14 from
the field and scored 30 points, as the Detroit Pistons defeated the New Jersey
Nets, 93-83, at Continental Airlines Arena.
Chauncey Billups finished with 20 points and eight assists for Detroit, which
has won three of its last four games and 11 of 13 to open the season.
Tayshaun Prince added 17 points and Rasheed Wallace chipped in 16 in the win.
Vince Carter scored a team-high 27 points for the Nets, who were shooting for
their 1,000th win in franchise history.
Richard Jefferson posted a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds, while
center Nenad Krstic put in 13 points for New Jersey, which had a two-game win
Following a dismal second quarter, the Pistons roared back to outscore the
Nets 27-18 in the third and take a 67-63 lead. Billups hit a three-pointer and
was fouled in the act of shooting with 1:41 to play in the stanza. He made the
ensuing free throw to complete the four-point play.
Wallace later hit a jumper with 4:49 to play in the game to extend Detroit’s
lead to eight points.
New Jersey pulled to within six late, but Hamilton dropped in a three-pointer
with just over two minutes left and Billups followed with a three of his own
the next time down the floor to ice the game.
The Nets trailed by seven after the first 12 minutes of play, but outscored
the Pistons 24-12 in the second quarter to assume a 45-40 halftime lead.
New Jersey’s defense held the Pistons to just 3-of-18 shooting in the frame,
while the offense outscored its opponent 14-2 in the paint.
Carter had 10 points in the second quarter, including a driving layup with 4.7
second left that stretched the Nets lead to five.
New Jersey’s Jason Kidd had five assists and is now 10 helpers shy of
supplanting current Philadelphia 76ers head coach Maurice Cheeks (7,392) for
eighth place on the all-time list…Since entering the NBA in 1976-77, the
Nets have posted a 999-1362 mark…Detroit is 7-1 on the road this
season…New Jersey is now 4-3 at home.