Sunday , Feb , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Domestic dozen; Pistons continue Detroit dominance

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups netted 21 points and handed
out eight assists as the Pistons continue to roll in Detroit, downing the
Cleveland Cavaliers, 90-78, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons have now won 12 straight games at home.

Richard Hamilton displayed a nice all-around game, scoring 18 points, pulling
down six boards and dishing out seven assists for the Pistons, who won their
fifth straight game overall.

Ben Wallace added 11 points, 19 rebounds and five blocks in the win.

Cleveland, meanwhile, turned the ball over 20 times en route to losing its
third game in a row. LeBron James paced the Cavaliers with 22 points, nine
boards and seven assists.

Ronald Murray added 17 points off the bench, while Zydrunas Ilgauskas tallied
15 points and nine rebounds.

Detroit set the tempo early, using four straight points by Hamilton to go
ahead 16-10 with 4:27 left in the first. The Pistons then wrapped up the
opening frame on a 7-2 run to hold a comfortable 25-17 edge.

Detroit added to its lead in the second and led by 11, 44-33, at halftime.

A Billups jumper gave the Pistons a 34-22 lead with 8:08 remaining in the
second period. Detroit kept a double-digit lead until a James layup pulled
Cleveland to within 36-27 with 5:40 left.

A Rasheed Wallace jumper then sparked an 8-1 run that staked the Pistons to a
44-28 lead with 2:30 remaining. The Cavaliers netted the last five points of
the frame.

After the two teams traded baskets to start the third Detroit netted seven
straight, the last four by Billups, to extend its lead to 53-35 with 8:46
remaining.

The Pistons remained comfortably ahead through the frame, holding a 61-46 edge
with just over four minutes remaining after a Ben Wallace dunk. Detroit led
67-52 after the third.

Cleveland never threatened in the final frame as the Pistons led by as many as
21 to continue their homecourt dominance.

Game Notes

Cleveland shot just 56.5 percent (13-of-23) from the free throw line. Detroit
connected on 73.7 percent (14-of-19) from the charity stripe…Rasheed Wallace
finished with 15 points and five rebounds…Detroit shot 45 percent from the
floor to Cleveland’s 43.1 percent…The Pistons turned the ball over 12 times.

CLE DET