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NBA Game Summary - New York at Detroit

(Tuesday, February 22nd)

Final Score: Detroit 97, New York 88

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each scored 19 points to lead the Detroit Pistons over the New York Knicks, 97-88, at the Palace.

Chauncey Billups added 15 points and eight assists for the Pistons, who have won five in a row. Rasheed Wallace tallied 12 points, eight boards and four blocks for Detroit, which had a streak of four straight wins by 18 or more points come to an end.

"We were just OK today," said Billups. "Good enough to win, but we didn't play great."

Pistons head coach Larry Brown missed the game with the flu. His team didn't miss a beat, however, winning for the 10th time in 11 outings. Assistant Gar Heard led the troops in Brown's absence, and the Pistons captured their seventh straight win at home.

"It was a tough game coming after the All-Star break with four days off and guys were a little winded," said Heard. "I thought we really held on a played well. We finished the first half in good shape and came out in the third quarter and played well."

Jamal Crawford led the Knicks with 23 points and six assists. Kurt Thomas had 15 points and 17 rebounds for New York, which has dropped nine of 12 games.

Tim Thomas also had 15 points and Stephon Marbury was held to 12, as the Knicks were swept in a season series by the Pistons for the first time since the 1989-90 season.

Detroit began to build its lead in the first quarter. Ahead 17-14, the Pistons scored seven of nine points to claim a 24-16 advantage. Five straight points towards the end of the stanza gave the Pistons a 31-21 advantage and they went into the second quarter with a 31-23 lead.

The Pistons increased their lead to 51-42 at halftime and 71-59 after three quarters of play.

In the third, Detroit lead by as many as 17 points at 64-47 on a Billups free throw with 6:54 remaining.

Detroit continued to pull away in the fourth. Former Knick Antonio McDyess scored the first five points of the frame for Detroit, giving the club a 76-59 cushion.

New York later drew within 89-80 with just over a minute to play when Tim Thomas capped a 6-0 spurt with a jumper. However, with a minute left Ronald Dupree stole an outlet pass from Kurt Thomas and dunked it home to extend the lead back to 11 points. Detroit cruised to the finish.

"It seemed like they had our number from the start," said Tim Thomas. "It was a very frustrating night for us. Tonight they were taking control of every loose all and that's just a matter of wanting it more. I'm not saying we didn't want it. They just wanted it more."

Game Notes

Detroit has won 11 of 12 at home...Trevor Ariza had 14 points and eight rebounds for the Knicks...Carlos Arroyo had 13 points for the Pistons...Detroit is averaging a winning margin of 20.8 points per game during its winning streak...Detroit is 3-4 without Brown this season. He also missed six games earlier this season after undergoing hip surgery.

02/22 23:49:35 ET

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