Tuesday , Mar , 28 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Battle of the best takes place in Auburn Hills

(Sports Network) – The Palace of Auburn Hills will be the venue for the
night’s biggest matchup, as the Detroit Pistons host the Dallas Mavericks in a
battle of two of the top teams in the NBA.

The Central Division-champion Pistons, who own the top seed in the Eastern
Conference, had a 16-game home winning streak stopped on Sunday against the
New Jersey Nets.

Richard Hamilton scored 19 points in the 79-74 setback for Detroit, which had
a four-game win streak stopped. Tayshaun Prince and Tony Delk each scored 12
points, while Chauncey Billups posted just nine points, all in the fourth
quarter.

Detroit will wrap up a small two-game homestand against Dallas and is 30-3 at
The Palace this season.

Meanwhile, the Mavericks will continue a four-game road trip in the Motor
City. They are tied with San Antonio for the top spot in the Western
Conference and Southwest Division.

They opened the trip with a 98-83 victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Saturday
at Philips Arena. Dirk Nowitzki posted a double-double with 27 points and 13
rebounds, while Jason Terry had 26 points.

Jerry Stackhouse contributed 16 points for Dallas, which has won two of its
last three contests. The Mavs improved to 24-10 away from home and will visit
Cleveland and Orlando to finish the road trip.

Dallas is 3-1 in its last four road games and leads the season series with
Detroit, 1-0, after posting a 119-82 win on November 19 in Texas.

The Mavericks have won two in a row, three of four and five of the last seven
versus Detroit.

Dallas also has won two of its last three trips to Detroit.

DAL DET