Friday , Dec , 08 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Prince, Pistons down Mavericks

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points and Rasheed
Wallace hit five three-pointers on the way to a 19-point night, as the
Pistons earned a 92-82 win over the Dallas Mavericks.

Richard Hamilton had 15 points and Chauncey Billups totaled 12 points, 11
assists and five steals for Detroit, which snapped a two-game skid and won for
the ninth time in 11 games.

“Sheed was great,” Billups said of Wallace. “Defensively he was great. He
controlled the paint. He rebounded the ball.”

Dirk Nowitzki had 29 points and nine rebounds for Dallas, which has lost two
of three since a 12-game winning streak. Jason Terry added 17 points and Josh
Howard ended with 12 points and 12 boards for the Mavericks, who lost at home
to an Eastern Conference opponent for the first time since falling to
Philadelphia, on January 29, 2005.

Dallas had its seven-game home winning streak broken.

“They just had us spread out tonight on the defensive end and we struggled to
rebound the ball,” said Dallas’ Jerry Stackhouse, who was held scoreless in
nearly 18 minutes. “We were taking the ball out of the basket way too much
tonight.”

The Pistons led by as many as 18 in the fourth quarter and held a commanding
86-70 advantage with 5:03 left. However, Dallas closed within 88-82 following
a Terry free throw with 1:17 left.

Nowitzki then missed a three-pointer from the right corner in the final
minute, and Prince sealed the win by making a layup and converting a three-
point play after he was fouled by Austin Croshere to push the margin to 91-82
with 36.3 seconds left.

The Pistons used an 11-2 run to hold a 29-20 margin after the opening quarter
and led the rest of the way. Prince’s three-pointer capped the push.

Detroit led by a sizeable amount throughout the second quarter, on the way to
a 52-44 advantage at the half.

Nowitzki’s jumper pulled Dallas within 54-48 in the minute of the third, but
Nazr Mohammed’s two baskets, and a technical free throw from Billups after an
illegal defense call made it 59-48.

The Pistons continued to widen their lead late in the third, to 76-60 going
into the fourth.

Game Notes

Wallace ended 5-of-8 from beyond the arc…Dallas shot 41.9 percent from the
field…Detroit held a 44-36 advantage on the glass.

DAL DET