NBA Game Summary - New Orleans at Detroit
(Wednesday, January 12th)
Final Score: Detroit 90, New Orleans 76
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups scored 25 points, Richard Hamilton added 20 with a season-high 10 assists, and the Detroit Pistons rolled to a 90-76 victory over New Orleans at The Palace.
Ben Wallace collected 11 points, a season-best 19 rebounds and four blocks in the win, Detroit's third in a row. Tayshaun Prince contributed 12 points and Rasheed Wallace scored 10.
The Pistons have gone 8-2 in their last 10 games, improving to six games over .500 (20-14).
"I see signs of us getting a little better," said Detroit head coach Larry Brown. "We gave away so many home games early this year. We can't afford to give games away we are supposed to win."
Baron Davis led the way for New Orleans with 16 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Lee Nailon also scored 16 for the Hornets, who were trying for a season-high three-game win streak.
"We will go back to the drawing board," Hornets head coach Byron Scott said. "We had a good two-game run and we want to start it back over again."
The Pistons never trailed, but they didn't take control of the game until an 8-0 run in the third quarter gave them a 15-point lead.
Prince capped the surge with a bucket inside the 2:00 mark, giving Detroit a 70-55 advantage. That lead was trimmed to 13 at 72-59 heading into the fourth quarter, but the Hornets were never closer the rest of the way.
New Orleans' league-worst record now stands at 4-30 and includes a 2-18 mark on the road.
"I think that we stayed motivated and really played hard and we need to continue to that over the next few weeks to try and get some wins together," Scott said.
Detroit led by as many as 11 points twice in the first quarter, but a late burst by the Hornets pulled them within 25-22 heading into the second.
The Pistons opened the second quarter with a 17-7 run to take a 13-point lead. Billups scored 10 straight Detroit points during the surge, which gave the Pistons a 42-29 lead inside the 5:00 mark.
Detroit then carried a 46-38 lead into halftime behind 17 points from Billups.
Both teams shot an identical 16-of-37 (43 percent) in the first half. The Pistons ended 35-of-74 (47 percent) for the game, compared to 32-of-77 (42 percent) for New Orleans.
P.J. Brown added 13 points for the Hornets...The Pistons opened a four-game homestand. They have yet to win four straight this season...New Orleans is 0-12 this season when trailing at halftime on the road...This was the second and final meeting of the season between the teams. The Pistons earned a 92-69 win in New Orleans on December 4.
01/12 23:38:07 ET