Friday , Feb , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Piston’s beat Bulls with balanced attack

Chicago, IL (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups had 17 points and 12 assists
to lead a balanced attack for the Detroit Pistons in a 95-87 victory over the
Chicago Bulls at the United Center.

Antonio McDyess had 16 points and Maurice Evans added 15 points for the
Pistons, who have won their last four games.

Rip Hamilton had 14 points and Tayshaun Prince added 13 points and seven
rebounds in the win for Detroit, which has won four straight against Chicago.
Also, the team has been victorious in 12 consecutive contests in the Windy
City. The last time they lost in Chicago was on January 22, 2000.

Ben Gordon had 24 points and Andres Nocioni added 17 points and eight rebounds
off the bench for the Bulls, who had a small two-game winning streak stopped.

Chicago trailed 72-70 going into the final 12 minutes. They kept it close
throughout the first five minutes of the and trailed 80-78 after Gordon nailed
a jump shot with 6:47 to play.

On Detroit’s next possession, Ben Wallace put in a layup to give his squad the
four-point lead back, but Hamilton was ejected from the game for a flagrant
elbow against Kirk Hinrich, his second technical of the game, and Gordon
connected on the free shot to make it a three-point game once again.

After a Prince three-point play, Darius Songaila hit a jumper. But, Rasheed
Wallace drained a nice turnaround jumper to make it a 87-81 game with 4:51

Chicago did not roll over, though, and Hinrich and Songaila connected on back-
to-back jumpers to get back to within two, 87-85, with 2:39 to play.

However, the Bulls did not get another basket until there was seven seconds
left in the game and the Pistons left the building with the victory.

The Bulls had the lead early in the first quarter, but the Pistons closed it
out with a 13-3 run and held a 25-18 lead going into the second stanza.

Malik Allen drained a three-pointer to start out the second quarter for
Chicago. But, Detroit countered with a 13-4 run and eventually took a 50-39
lead into the locker room.

The Bulls started out the second half with a 15-4 spurt and tied the game up
at 54-54 after Hinrich connected on two from the charity stripe with 6:16 left
in the third quarter.

However, the Pistons only allowed the Bulls a brief one-point lead and had a
slim 72-70 lead going into the final 12 minutes.

Game Notes

The Bulls travel to Philadelphia for a game on Saturday…Detroit returns home
for the first game of a home-and-home on Sunday versus
Cleveland…Hinrich finished with 13 points and six rebounds…Chicago made 42
percent of its shots, but committed 17 turnovers…The Pistons connected on 41
percent of their shots, but only had seven turnovers in the game…Ben Wallace
finished with 10 points and nine rebounds…Songaila had 10 points and six
rebounds in the game.