Friday , Jan , 27 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Billups leads Pistons over Grizzlies

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 16 of his game-
high 34 points in the fourth quarter, as Detroit continued its home dominance
with a 95-89 victory over Memphis at The Palace.

Richard Hamilton added 19 points with seven assists for the Pistons, who have
won an amazing 19 of their 21 home games this season. Overall, the victory was
Detroit’s 10th in a row, a season high.

Tayshaun Prince added 16 points and eight boards, while Rasheed Wallace
donated 12 points with 13 rebounds.

Pau Gasol paced the Grizzlies, losers in six of their last seven games in
Detroit, with 31 points and seven rebounds. Mike Miller added 20 points off
the bench.

With Memphis ahead 81-78, Billups took over, netting 10 straight points. The
guard knocked down a pair of free throws to get Detroit to within one and
followed with two more from the charity strip to put the Pistons ahead 82-81
with 2:27 remaining.

Miller attempted a driving layup at the other end, but saw his shot blocked by
Ben Wallace. Billups then knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to cap the
stretch and put the Pistons up 88-81 with 1:28 left.

After a Gasol basket, Prince connected with a dunk and Ben Wallace hit a free
throw to make it 91-83. Miller connected for two with 40 seconds remaining,
but Billups hit two more free throws to make it 93-85 as the Pistons rolled to
the victory.

The game was close early as Memphis led 24-21 after the first frame and the
teams then fought through a tight second, exchanging leads throughout the
frame as no team led by more then three points during the stanza. Memphis held
the edge at 46-44 heading into the third.

Gasol led all scorers at the break with 18 points, while Hamilton paced
Detroit with 11.

The Pistons opened up the third frame with a 7-2 spurt to take a 51-48 and the
lead later swelled to 59-52. However, a 9-2 run by Memphis tied the contest at
61-61 with 2:03 remaining in the stanza.

Gasol’s three-pointer as time was winding down in the third sent the Grizzlies
into the fourth frame ahead 68-64.

Miller’s basket to open up the fourth gave Memphis a six-point edge, but that
was the most the Pistons would trail by in the frame before taking control
late in the third.

Game Notes

The Pistons improved to 35-5 overall on the season…Memphis came into the
game winners in two of their last three following a four-game skid…The
Pistons have beaten the Grizzlies twice this season and 11 times in their last
14 meetings…Detroit is 19-2 when Billups nets 20 or more points…Pistons
coach Flip Saunders picked up a technical foul in the fourth quarter…Detroit
shot 45.1 percent from the floor to Memphis’ 43.8.