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

Pistons push past Cavs

Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups had a double-double with 17
points and 10 assists to pace Detroit to an 87-71 win over Cleveland.

Tayshaun Prince scored 16 points and eight rebounds while Richard Hamilton had
11 points for the Pistons, who saw six players finish in double figures.
Antonio McDyess and Jason Maxiell also had 11 points each while McDyess
grabbed 11 rebounds.

Nazr Mohammed had 10 points for the Pistons, who have won three in row and
five of their last six.

Rasheed Wallace returned to the lineup for the first time since missing two
games and had nine points with six boards. Wallace had been out with an ankle
injury.

LeBron James had a game-high 26 points to go along with 10 rebounds for the
Cavaliers, who have lost three in a row. It was just Cleveland’s third home
loss in 14 games.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas tallied 16 points, while Larry Hughes added 12 points and
eight boards in defeat.

The game was tightly contested through the first three frames as Detroit held
just a 57-55 lead heading into the fourth.

The Pistons, though, got hot and outscored the Cavaliers 30-16 in the final
quarter.

The Pistons opened the final quarter by netting the first six points, as
Billups’ jumper with 9:46 left staked his squad to a 64-57 advantage. Later,
after a free throw by Cleveland’s Anderson Varejao, Billups knocked down a
three and Maxiell’s subsequent jumper put the Pistons on top, 71-58 with 8:19
remaining.

Five straight points by McDyess midway through the frame extended Detroit’s
lead to 77-60 and a jumper by Ronald Dupree with 1:25 remaining ran the
Pistons’ lead to 20 at 87-67.

Neither team could gain control in the first half as Cleveland led 24-22 after
the first before Detroit took a 42-41 edge into halftime.

The Pistons created a little separation in the third as seven straight points
put Detroit ahead 57-52 with 2:37 left in the frame. Donyell Marshall, though,
stopped the bleeding on a three-pointer with 1:38 to go and neither team
netted another basket for the rest of the stanza.

Game Notes

Cavaliers forward Ira Newble missed the game due to personal reasons. His
absence has been excused by the team…Detroit shot 43.8 percent from the
floor while the Cavs were 34.2 percent…Drew Gooden had six points in the
loss.

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