Pistons travel to Orlando
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons are inching closer to the NBA’s best
record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs, as they visit the
Orlando Magic tonight at TD Waterhouse Centre.
The Pistons are three wins shy of setting a franchise single-season record set
in the 1988-89 season when they finished 63-19 and captured the first of
consecutive NBA titles.
Detroit, seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Conference, notched its sixth straight
win with Thursday’s 95-82 victory over the Miami Heat.
Rasheed Wallace returned from his one-game suspension to score 20 points and
Tayshaun Prince also added 20 points in the win at American Airlines Arena.
Wallace added eight rebounds in his first game since serving a one-game
suspension for picking up his 16th technical foul of the season.
Richard Hamilton tallied 19 points and Chauncey Billups added 14, as Detroit
improved to 27-11 on the road, setting a franchise record in road victories.
The Pistons have won four straight on the road and will host Indiana and
Cleveland following Friday’s game.
The Magic have won two in a row and six of their last seven games, including
Wednesday’s 108-105 home win over the Milwaukee Bucks.
Hedo Turkoglu scored 24 points and Dwight Howard recorded 19 points and 17
rebounds for the Magic, who have won eight straight at home. Carlos Arroyo
netted 17 points, while Keyon Dooling added 14.
Orlando is 22-14 as the host this season.
Friday’s game between Detroit and Orlando is the third and final meeting of
the season. The Pistons have won both matchups so far and four straight in the
Detroit also has won five of six at Orlando.