Pistons continue march towards title
(Sports Network) – The 25-4 Detroit Pistons began a new winning streak on
Tuesday defeating the Orlando Magic 108-99 at The Palace of Auburn Hills. It
was the team’s first game since losing to Cleveland and ending a nine-game
Chauncey Billups scored a career-high 37 points and added nine assists to lead
the way. Richard Hamilton chipped in 25 points for the Pistons, who won their
ninth consecutive home game. Tayshaun Prince also reached double figures with
12 while Ben Wallace had 11 points and nine boards for the defending Eastern
The Pistons’ Central Division lead is currently 6.5 games over the Cavaliers
and eight games over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Reserve guard Lindsey Hunter, who is recovering from ankle surgery, is not
expected to return to action this week, according to the Detroit Free Press.
He is shooting for the game with Boston on January 16.
But this Pistons team doesn’t really use its bench that much anyway. Every
starter averages more than 34 minutes a game and the combined scoring average
for the starting five is 79.6 ppg. The bench contributes just 20 ppg for the
team’s 99.7 ppg scoring average.
The Pistons play two more games this week, both against teams without a
winning record – Seattle (13-17) and Utah (16-16). The Jazz are on a roll,
having won five consecutive games.