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

Billups paces Pistons past Magic

Orlando, FL (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups scored 31 points, shooting a
blistering 11-of-16 from the field, to lead the Detroit Pistons over the
Orlando Magic 87-83, at TD Waterhouse Centre.

Richard Hamilton added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which has won
two straight to start a four-game road trip. Ronald Murray and Rasheed Wallace
each had 13 points for the Pistons, who opened their trip with a 92-82 win in
Dallas on Thursday night.

Dwight Howard celebrated his 21st birthday by scoring 25 points and grabbing
10 rebounds for Orlando, which has dropped three of four. Grant Hill added 12
points for the Magic, who had a six-game home win streak halted after leading
for most of the game.

Down 80-77 more than midway through the fourth quarter, the Pistons embarked
on their game-winning 10-2 run. Billups tied the game with just over 4:40 left
with a three-pointer to start the run. Hamilton later broke an 82-82 tie with
a baseline jumper with 1:24 left. Then, after a Magic turnover, Hamilton
connected on a turnaround baseline jumper with 51 seconds remaining for an
86-82 edge.

Orlando failed to get anything positive on its offensive end following a time
out. The Magic’s Keith Bogans then blew a breakaway chance by losing the ball
and then not getting a clean shot with under 20 ticks left.

Wallace hit 1-of-2 free throws on the other end for a five point lead and
Orlando never made it a one possession game after that.

Orlando fell to 7-2 at home this season, losing for just the third time in its
last 22 at home. The club was coming off a successful 4-2 road trip.

Detroit, which didn’t get to Orlando from Dallas until about 4:30 a.m., has
won 10 of 12 overall.

Orlando led 22-19 after one quarter, briefly fell behind 40-38 late in the
second quarter when Murray hit a bucket, but responded to take a 44-40 lead
into halftime.

The Magic also remained in front for most of the third quarter and carried a
slim 67-66 edge into the fourth.

Game Notes

Orlando’s Hedo Turkoglu left the game in the first quarter with a right ankle
sprain and did not return…Detroit has won six of eight in
Orlando…Including this game, 12 of the next 15 games are at home for
Orlando.

DET ORL