Pistons closing in on history
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons are on a roll.
It’s not quite the roll New Jersey is currently on (13 games), but a five-
game winning streak has the Pistons in the driver’s seat for home-court
advantage in the Eastern Conference.
Seeded No. 1 in the conference, the Central Division-champion Pistons notched
their 60th victory of the season with a 101-93 win over the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Antonio McDyess had 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Chauncey Billups compiled
22 points and 11 assists for Detroit, which has won nine of its last 10 games.
The Pistons are only three wins shy of tying the franchise mark of 63 wins set
during the 1988-89 squad (63-19).
Dale Davis made his first start of the season on Tuesday in place of forward
Rasheed Wallace, who was serving an automatic one-game suspension for
receiving his 16th technical foul of the season during a victory over Phoenix.
It was the first time all season Detroit’s customary starting five of Chauncey
Billups, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Rasheed and Ben Wallace did not
open the game together.
Wallace is scheduled to return for Thursday’s game at Miami.
The Pistons just went 3-0 on their brief homestand and will hit the road for a
pair of games. Detroit, which will visit Orlando on Friday, has won three
straight on the road and is 26-11 away from the Palace of Auburn Hills this
Thursday’s game between Detroit and Miami is the fourth and final meeting of
the season. The Pistons own a 2-1 lead in the season series and have won nine
of the last 11 matchups against Miami.
Detroit has won five of its last seven in South Beach.