Tuesday , Jan , 17 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons in cruise control

(Sports Network) – The 30-5 Detroit Pistons continue to post an amazing .857
winning percentage and lead the tough Central Division by 10 games. They have
won four in a row and six of their last seven.

The Pistons’ latest effort was a 94-84 win over the Boston Celtics at The
Palace of Auburn Hills. Rasheed Wallace scored a game-high 23 and grabbed nine
rebounds in the victory. Richard Hamilton hit 7-of-11 shots and posted 18
points for the Pistons, who have won 15 of their past 17 contests.

Chauncey Billups had 13 points and a game-high 16 assists while Tayshaun
Prince also netted 13 points in the win. Detroit had only four fast-break
points Monday, but they did finish with 30 assists on 35 baskets, including 16
assists by Billups

The Pistons, who are an impressive 16-2 at home, are also a “respectable” 14-3
on the road – where they play their next two games. Detroit heads to
struggling Atlanta (10-26) on Wednesday and finished up a short two-game road
trip in Madison Square Gardens against the Knicks (13-23) on Thursday.

The Pistons are 9-3 against Atlanta since 2002 and have won the last three.
There have also won the last five against the Knicks, so there is no reason
that the Pistons’ hot streak can’t continue.

Guard Lindsey Hunter (ankle) has “fully recovered” from his ankle surgery, but
the Pistons don’t plan to activate him, according to the Detroit News. Coach
Flip Saunders said he probably would start easing Hunter into games by the end
of the month.

DET