Thursday , Jan , 12 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons, Spurs meet for final time in 2005-06 regular season

=== Pistons, Spurs meet for final time in 2005-06 regular season ===

(Sports Network) – The participants of the 2005 NBA Finals will battle for
the second and final time in the 2005-06 campaign, as the defending world
champion San Antonio Spurs welcome the Detroit Pistons to the SBC Center.

On Christmas Day, Chauncey Billups scored 20 points and dished out six
assists, as the Pistons exacted some revenge by defeating San Antonio, 85-70,
at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Spurs have still won eight of 11 and 10 of their last 14 contests with the
Pistons, who have lost eight straight at San Antonio.

Detroit’s last win over the Spurs at San Antonio was on April 2, 1997.

These teams have combined to win the last three championships, with the Spurs
capturing titles in 2003 and 2005. San Antonio denied the Pistons’ chance of
winning back-to-back championships by winning last year’s NBA Finals in a
dramatic seven-game series.

The Spurs, who play the middle contest of a three-game homestand, enter
tonight’s game having won 12 straight games at the SBC Center. San Antonio’s
last loss at home was to the Chicago Bulls on November 25th.

Tim Duncan racked up 27 points and 12 rebounds as San Antonio stopped New
Jersey’s 10-game winning streak with a 96-91 victory over the Nets on Tuesday
at the SBC Center. Tony Parker scored 18 points and Manu Ginobili added 16 in
the win for the Spurs

San Antonio is an impressive 17-1 at home this season. The Spurs are
scheduled to host the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday in the finale of the

The Pistons play the second contest of a brief two-game road trip. On Tuesday,
Richard Hamilton poured in 30 points to pace Detroit to a 96-86 victory over
the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets at the Ford Center.

Billups contributed 18 points and six assists in the win over the Hornets for
the Pistons, who have won three of four and 12 of their last 14 contests
overall, and own the best record in the NBA at 27-5. Rasheed Wallace added 15
points and Tayshaun Prince scored 12 in the victory for Detroit.

Detroit is an impressive 13-3 on the road this season. The Pistons have won
three of their last four games as the visitor.