Saturday , Dec , 16 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Billups, Hamilton lead Pistons past Nets

East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups notched 27 points and
11 assists, as the Detroit Pistons closed out a four- game road trip with a
90-82 victory over the New Jersey Nets at Continental Airlines Arena.

Richard Hamilton netted 26 points as the only other player in double figures
for the Pistons, who have won 11 of their last 14 games. Jason Maxiell
added nine points.

“They blocked everything and controlled the paint area,” Billups said.

Nenad Krstic scored a season-high 27 points for the Nets, who have split their
last four games. Jason Kidd posted 13 points, nine rebounds and eight assists.
Vince Carter netted 12 points and Richard Jefferson added 11 points and a
season-high eight assists in defeat.

“I just want to be consistent,” Carter said. “It’s about getting wins. It
hasn’t gone too well for me the last two games but there’s plenty more to

Billups stole the ball from Carter and broke free for a finger roll with 50.4
seconds left to put Detroit ahead, 88-82. Carter had his shot deflected on the
ensuing possession, and Hamilton converted a pair of free throws with 30.7
seconds remaining to cap an 8-0 run and seal the win for Detroit.

Detroit edged an early 29-27 first-quarter lead, but New Jersey went on a 9-0
run capped by an Eddie House jumper with 4:46 remaining in the second and led
49-44 at halftime.

Detroit opened the third on an 8-0 spurt capped by a Hamilton layup with 9:46
to go, and the score was tied at 69 heading into the final stanza.

Detroit shot 33-for-73 (45.2 percent) from the field, compared to 29-for-78
(37.2 percent) by New Jersey. New Jersey set a season-high free-throw
percentage 18-for-19 (94 percent).

Game Notes

Detroit has split its last four games at New Jersey…The Pistons have won
six of the last nine meetings in this series.