Tuesday , Jan , 31 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons go for 12th straight win in New Jersey

(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons try to extend their season-high winning
streak to 12 games this evening when they visit the New Jersey Nets at
Continental Airlines Arena.

On Sunday, Rasheed Wallace scored 24 points and grabbed eight rebounds as
Detroit continued its home dominance with a 102-93 win over the Los Angeles
Lakers at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Richard Hamilton added 20 points and
Tayshaun Prince had 19 for the Pistons, who have won an amazing 20 of their 22
games in their arena this season.

Ben Wallace had 14 points and 13 boards and Chauncey Billups registered 10
points in the win.

At 37-5, Detroit is tied for the fourth-best start in league history through
42 games, trailing only the 39-3 records by the Chicago Bulls in 1995-96 and
the Lakers in 1971-72, and the 38-4 mark by Philadelphia in 1966-67. The Bulls
teams in 1991-92 and 1996-97, as well as the Sixers in 1982-83, also started
37-5.

A win tonight would also give Detroit its first 12-game winning streak since
matching a team record by winning 13 straight from December 27, 2003-January
19, 2004.

New Jersey, meanwhile, returns home after a disastrous four-game West Coast
swing. The Nets closed their trek in disappointing fashion on Saturday, as
they dropped a 113-104 decision to the Seattle SuperSonics at KeyArena.

Richard Jefferson had a season-high 36 points and pulled down nine rebounds
and Vince Carter added 29 for New Jersey, which was winless on the trip and
has dropped five of six and eight of its last 11.

The Nets recent struggles have allowed the Philadelphia 76ers to climb into a
tie for first place in the Atlantic Division.

New Jersey, which begins a stretch where it plays six of seven at home, is
12-6 in its arena.

Detroit topped the Nets earlier in the season and has won four of the last
five and six of the last nine meetings. The Pistons have also won three of
four and eight of 11 in the Garden State.

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