Friday , Jan , 20 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Hamilton rips 26 in Pistons rout

New York, NY (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton poured in 26 points and
Rasheed Wallace added 23, as Detroit posted an easy 105-79 win over New York
at Madison Square Garden.

Tayshaun Prince netted 18 points and Carlos Delfino contributed 11 for the
Pistons, who have won six straight and 17 of their last 19 contests.

Chauncey Billups had only two points, but handed out 13 assists for Detroit,
which made 12-of-25 three-point shots. The Pistons ended the game by shooting
51 percent from the field.

Eddy Curry had 26 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks, who have dropped
four straight games since opening 2006 with six consecutive wins. New York
also played without Stephon Marbury for the second straight game as the guard
continues to be plagued by a sprained left shoulder.

Channing Frye scored 15 points in the loss.

“They (Detroit) are a great team,” said Frye. “They are world champions and
everything we shot at them, they had a reaction for us. We just need to learn
from this.”

Earlier in the day, Knicks forward Antonio Davis was suspended for five games
without pay after going into the stands in Wednesday night’s game against the
Chicago Bulls.

The president of the NBA Players’ Association ran into the crowd with 1:04
remaining in overtime during New York’s 106-104 loss at the United Center. He
allegedly saw his wife being threatened by a fan who may have been
intoxicated, but the forward threw no punches and seemed to remain calm
throughout the encounter.

Davis’ suspension will continue through the rest of the homestand with the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, Sacramento Kings and Orlando Magic. He will
return to action after the Philadelphia 76ers game on January 28.

The game also saw Knicks head man Larry Brown take on his former team for the
second time this season. Brown was relieved from his duties as Detroit’s head
coach following the 2004-05 campaign, just two seasons into a five-year
contract. During his tenure, though, Detroit won the NBA championship in 2004
and lost in seven games to San Antonio in last year’s NBA Finals.

The Pistons then hired former Minnesota Timberwolves front man Flip Saunders
and have not lost a step. Saunders, who will coach the Eastern Conference in
the All-Star Game, has led the club to an NBA-best 32-5 record this year.

“We’ve played 37 games and different guys lead us over different parts of the
game and play unselfish…How we played tonight against New York is pretty
much how this team has played over the first half of the season, very
unselfish,” said Saunders.

Leading 10-8 early on, Detroit opened the game up courtesy of a 10-0 surge, as
all five members of the starting five scored a bucket. Billups’ hoop with
around 2 1/2 minutes remaining in the opening period eventually capped the run
and made it 20-8.

The Pistons then led by 11 moments later before closing the frame on a 7-0
burst to claim a comfortable 28-13 lead after one quarter.

New York cut its deficit to six points midway through the period, but that is
as close as it would get. The Pistons ended the half on a 13-4 burst, keyed by
six from Rasheed Wallace and five points by Hamilton, to grab a 48-33 lead at
the intermission.

Hamilton had 16 points and Wallace added 15 in the opening 24 minutes.

Detroit turned the game into a complete laugher in the third quarter, as it
led by a whopping 25 points when Prince drained a three-pointer. The Pistons
held a 74-51 edge after the period and ballooned the cushion to as many as 30
points in the final frame.

It marked the second consecutive lopsided win, as Detroit embarrassed Atlanta,
117-89, Wednesday night at Philips Arena.

Game Notes

The Knicks, who turned the ball over 20 times, made only 1-of-7 three-point
tries…Detroit has won four straight road games and is 16-3 as the
visitor….The Pistons have taken both meetings this season and have won eight
of the last nine games against New York…The Knicks’ 26-point loss ties their
worst defeat of the season. New York also lost by 26 points on January 15
against Toronto.

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