Thursday , Dec , 21 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons pay a visit to Cavaliers

(Sports Network) – A battle of Central Division foes takes place tonight as
the Cleveland Cavaliers host the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Pistons lead the division by a game over idle Chicago, while the Cavs are
1 1/2 games off the pace. Detroit has won two in a row and four of its last
five games, including Sunday’s 97-93 win over Seattle at The Palace of Auburn

Jason Maxiell knocked down a baseline jumper with 6.8 seconds left to give
Detroit the lead for good. Maxiell ended with 17 points and 12 rebounds, both
career highs, and Richard Hamilton added 24 points. Chauncey Billups had 21
points and eight assists for the Pistons.

Detroit is 8-5 away from the Motor City this season. It is expected to have
forward Rasheed Wallace back in the lineup after he has missed the last two
games because of an ankle injury.

Meanwhile, Cleveland has dropped two in a row and three of five. On Wednesday
the Cavaliers suffered a 113-111 loss to the New Jersey Nets at Continental
Airlines Arena.

LeBron James poured in 37 points and dished out eight assists and Larry Hughes
added 19 points and grabbed five boards for the Cavaliers, who lost both games
on a brief two-game road trip. Cleveland will return home for two games
against Detroit and Orlando and is 11-2 as the host this season.

Detroit, which defeated the Cavs in seven games in last year’s conference
semifinals, has won three straight, four of five and six of the last nine

The Pistons, though, have lost four of their last six visits to Cleveland.