Pistons hitting on all cylinders
(Sports Network) – The 35-5 Detroit Pistons continue to post an amazing .875
winning percentage and lead the tough Central Division by 12 games. They have
won nine in a row and are 11-1 in the month of January.
The Pistons’ latest effort was a 106-102 overtime win against the Milwaukee
Bucks. Chauncey Billups buried two big shots in overtime to lead the Detroit
over the Bucks at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Billups had 11 of his 23 points
in OT and dished out 15 assists. Richard Hamilton poured in 35 points and
Rasheed Wallace added 20 in the victory.
Detroit became the sixth team in NBA history to record a 35-5 mark after 40
games. The Pistons are 18-2 against the Eastern Conference and 18-2 at home
this season. They are on pace to win 71 games – the most since the Chicago
Bulls set the all-time mark of 72-10 in 1996.
The Pistons’ start matches the record-setting start of another famous Detroit
team – the World Series-winning 1984 Tigers.
The team will play Memphis (25-16) at home on Friday and the Los Angeles
Lakers (22-19) on Sunday night. Detroit is 5-2 against the Grizzlies since
2002 and have beaten the Lakers the last three meetings.
All five starters played more than 40 minutes in the win against Milwaukee.
Though all five – Billups, Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben and Rasheed Wallace
average more than 35 minutes a game, it was the first time all season that
they all played 40 minutes in the same game.
Detroit is averaging 102.3 ppg during the winning streak and giving up just
Guard Carlos Delfino (illness) and center Dale Davis (illness) are
questionable for Friday’s game.