NBA Game Summary - Detroit at LA Clippers
(Sunday, December 11th)
Final Score: Detroit 109, LA Clippers 101
Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups scored 25 points and dished out eight assists, as the Detroit Pistons continued their best start in franchise history with a 109-101 triumph over the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center.
Richard Hamilton added 23 points and Ben Wallace totaled 13 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, which bolted to a 14-point halftime lead and won its sixth straight contest to move to 15-2 this season.
Rasheed Wallace tallied 10 points and seven rebounds for the Pistons, who have won six in a row versus the Clippers. Detroit took excellent care of the basketball, committing an NBA season-low four turnovers.
Billups made 4-of-5 three-pointers for Detroit, which went 8-of-12 from beyond the arc. However, the Pistons made just 25-of-45 free throws.
Elton Brand had 36 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Clippers, who had a four-game winning streak snapped. Chris Kaman added 16 points, Cuttino Mobley scored 14 and Sam Cassell had 13 for Los Angeles.
The Pistons didn't trail the entire game. They scored the final five points of the opening quarter for a 30-23 lead.
A Cassell jumper tied the game at 37 with 5:45 remaining in the half, but the Pistons used a 15-4 spurt later in the second and led 59-45 at the break.
Detroit was ahead by double digits most of the third quarter and went into the fourth with a 83-72 advantage.
The Clippers pulled within eight points, as Chris Wilcox's jam made it 92-84 with 5:59 remaining.
At that point, Clippers head coach Mike Dunleavy instructed his team to foul Ben Wallace, who came into the game shooting 55.9 percent from the charity stripe.
"That was the ultimate compliment," Detroit head coach Flip Saunders said. "They didn't have a way to stop us. Mike has to do what he has to do. When Ben did miss, we got some offensive rebounds."
Ben Wallace made just 7-of-22 foul shots in the game, but the move seemed to backfire.
"That was a compliment," Ben Wallace said. "They out-smarted themselves. It allows us to set up our defense."
Ben Wallace made just 2-of-6 free throws during a 38-second span, but the Clippers couldn't take advantage and never got closer than eight points the rest of the game.
A Wilcox layup made it 94-86, but Billups responded with a three-pointer with 4:50 remaining after Wallace missed two more free throws, but got an offensive rebound.
"They've got a good young club," Rasheed Wallace said of the Clippers. "It didn't surprise me when they started fouling Ben with six minutes to go. It tells us they don't have the defense to stop us."
Detroit has won 15 of the last 19 meetings between the clubs...The Clippers had just seven turnovers.
12/12 00:38:41 ET