Tuesday , Apr , 04 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

McDyess shines as Pistons down Hornets in Motown

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Antonio McDyess scored his most points as
a Piston, totaling 26 points while also grabbing 14 rebounds, as Detroit
defeated New Orleans/Oklahoma City, 101-93, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Chauncey Billups compiled 22 points and dished out 11 assists, Tayshaun Prince
tallied 18 points and Richard Hamilton donated 13 points in the Pistons’ fifth
consecutive victory.

“The guy right now that is really playing at a high level has been Tayshaun
(Prince),” said Detroit head coach Flip Saunders. “He’s playing extremely
well, we’re running a lot of things through him and he’s playing very lively.”

Dale Davis made his first start of the season in place of forward Rasheed
Wallace, who sat out the contest while serving an automatic one-game
suspension for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season during a
victory over Phoenix.

Chris Paul continued his tremendous rookie campaign with 24 points and 10
assists while David West contributed 24 points in the loss. Marc Jackson added
10 points, as the Hornets had their three-game winning streak halted.

More significantly, the Hornets stayed two games behind Sacramento in the race
for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Kings lost
to Dallas, 127-101, on Tuesday night.

“That’s a championship team. I was very proud of the way our guys fought,”
Hornets head coach Byron Scott said. “Being so young and having to go against
a great basketball team like Detroit, even without Rasheed (Wallace) we knew
it was going to be difficult. We had to play almost a perfect basketball
game.”

Leading 52-46 entering the third quarter, Detroit quickly built a double-digit
edge. West scored the first basket of the second half then the Pistons ripped
off eight straight points to take a 60-48 advantage.

Hamilton drained a three and converted an old-fashion three-point play before
Davis capped the quick spurt on a dunk with 9:05 left to play.

The Pistons also tallied the final six points of the stanza to seize a 77-64
edge. McDyess and Tony Delk each drained two free throws and Prince’s jumper
opened the 13-point advantage with 10 seconds left.

Detroit took a 17-point lead early in the fourth quarter, 87-70, after
McDyess completed a three-point play at the 7:24 mark.

The Hornets didn’t go away, scoring the next 11 points to pull within six.
West totaled five points, including a three-point play, and Aaron Williams’
slam made the score 87-81 with four minutes remaining.

West drained a jumper about two minutes later to pull the Hornets within
92-87, but the Pistons scored the next seven points to put the game out of
reach.

Billups converted a pair from the charity stripe then Delk drained an open
trey. Billups slashed into the paint and ultimately drained two more free
throws to push the edge to 99-87 with 1:10 on the clock.

Detroit cruised to victory from there.

Game Notes

Detroit improved to an astonishing 34-3 at home this season…The Hornets
dropped to 14-23 as the visitor…Detroit won the season series, 2-0. Hamilton
poured in 30 points to push Detroit to a 96-86 victory at the Ford Center on
January 10th…The Pistons shot 49.3 percent from the floor and drained 25-
of-30 from the charity stripe…The Hornets shot 47.6 from the floor…Delk
scored 15 points in the victory.

DET NOH