Tuesday , Dec , 26 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons welcome Nets to The Palace

(Sports Network) – The Central Division-leading Detroit Pistons aim for
their fifth straight win when they host the New Jersey Nets tonight at The
Palace of Auburn Hills.

Detroit, which owns a two-game lead over Chicago in the division, has won six
of its last seven games, including Saturday’s 108-81 pounding of the Atlanta
Hawks at home. Nazr Mohammed scored a season-high 19 points and grabbed 10
rebounds to lead Detroit.

Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton each netted 16 points for the Pistons,
who are 8-3 as the host this season. Jason Maxiell added 14 points and Ronald
Murray donated 11 in the win.

Meanwhile, the Nets have lost two straight and four of their last six games
overall. They are tied with Boston at a half game behind Toronto for the top
spot in the Atlantic Division.

In Saturday’s 115-104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks at the Bradley Center, Eddie
House scored 22 points and Jason Kidd posted 21 points and 11 assists as New
Jersey fell to 3-7 away from home this season.

Richard Jefferson and Vince Carter both added 18 points for New Jersey, which
played its first game without center Nenad Krstic, who was lost for the season
on Friday night with a torn ACL in his knee.

The Nets lost to Detroit on December 16th this season by a 90-82 score at
Continental Airlines Arena. The Pistons have won two of three and six of the
last nine meetings with the Nets.

New Jersey has lost five of seven and 19 of its last 22 trips to Motown.