Saturday , Dec , 04 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Detroit Pistons Team Report – December 4

=== Detroit Pistons Team Report – December 4 ===

(Sports Network) – The defending world champion Detroit Pistons will try to
get back to the .500 mark tonight, when they travel to New Orleans to battle
the struggling Hornets.

The Pistons had a chance to win back-to-back games for just the second time
this season on Friday, but were handed an 80-77 setback by Tim Duncan and the
San Antonio Spurs. Duncan racked up 18 points and 18 rebounds to help the
Spurs overcome Detroit at the SBC Center.

Chauncey Billups netted all 18 of his points in the fourth quarter as the
Pistons nearly overcame a 21-point deficit early in the second half. Antonio
McDyess compiled 13 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Detroit, which
has dropped four of six.

Pistons forward Ben Wallace returned from a six-game suspension for his part
in the notorious November 19 melee against Indiana and registered five points
and nine boards in 33 minutes.

Detroit trailed, 55-37, midway through the third quarter, but got the lead
down to three points when Richard Hamilton scored off a Spurs turnover to make
it 75-72 with 1:10 to play. Billups later buried another shot from beyond the
arc with seven seconds on the clock which sliced San Antonio’s edge to just

Brent Barry, though, sunk two foul shots for the final margin and Malik Rose
sealed the win by stealing Tayshaun Prince’s inbound pass.

The Pistons and Hornets have yet to play each other this season, but New
Orleans took three of four from the NBA champs last season. The Hornets have
won five of the last six meetings, including three straight at home.