Thursday , Jan , 03 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons and Boston Celtics on a Collision Course?

The Detroit Pistons’ energy and enthusiasm impressed Washington Wizards coach Eddie Jordan. He wished he’d seen some of the same from his own team Wednesday night. Richard Hamilton ‘s 20 points made him the 10th-leading scorer in Pistons history, and he added nine assists and seven rebounds to help Detroit earn its 10th consecutive victory by beating Washington 106-93.

‘I told our team, if this is a test – which it is when you play against the best team in the league; especially right now, they’re the best team – then you have to see how you respond to them,’ Jordan said. ‘And if this was a test, I give us a C or a C-minus.’

It’s the Pistons’ longest winning streak since an 11-gamer in January 2006, and their average margin of victory during the current run is 16.8 points. ‘Another game where most of our starters could sit and watch most of the fourth quarter and watch our young guys develop,’ said point guard Chauncey Billups , who scored 16.

How lopsided was this one? Detroit led by double digits throughout the second half and seven Pistons scored at least 10 points. [Click here for more from Sports Illustrated-CNN.]