The new Bad Boys of Motown
(Sports Network) – Bill Laimbeer, Dennis Rodman, Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars
should be smiling right now.
But since they’re all competitors in a unique way, the members of Detroit’s
original Bad Boys of the late 1980’s are probably a little ticked after
having their best record in team history eclipsed by the new Pistons.
No team has won more games since the 1999-2000 Los Angeles Lakers
registered 67 wins.
Flip Saunders’ squad is now 64-16 on the season, having eclipsed the 63 wins
set in the 1988-89 season when they captured the first of consecutive NBA
Detroit also set the record against the New York Knicks, who are currently
coached by Larry Brown. Brown, who is currently having stomach problems,
missed the contest and historical feat performed by his former club.
Brown would have had a conniption in the first quarter when the Pistons
cruised out to a 15-0 lead over New York and led 40-18 after the first
Against the Knicks, Richard Hamilton scored 28 points as Detroit downed New
York, 103-97, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
In addition, the Pistons tied the franchise record for home wins with 37, also
set by the 1988-89 team. Detroit already won the Central Division and is the
top seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points for the Pistons, who have won three of four.
Rasheed Wallace netted 10 points, while Chauncey Billups added 11 assists.
The new Bad Boys of Hamilton, Billups, both Wallace’s (Rasheed and Ben) and
Prince will have to suffer a major injury or an in-house breakdown if they
fail to reach the NBA Finals.
Detroit, which will travel to Milwaukee on Monday, is 27-13 on the road this
season. The Pistons play their regular-season finale on Wednesday at home
against the Wizards.
The Pistons have won all three meetings between the Bucks this season and have
won five in a row in this series. Detroit, though, has lost five of its last
seven trips to Milwaukee.