NBA Game Summary - Boston at Detroit
(Tuesday, November 15th)
Final Score: Detroit 115, Boston 100
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups each scored 25 points, as the Detroit Pistons remained the lone unbeaten team in the NBA by rallying for a 115-100 victory over the Boston Celtics at The Palace.
At 7-0, the Pistons have recorded their third-best start in franchise history and their best since 1988-89 when they started the season 8-0 en route to their first of three NBA Championships. Detroit's 9-0 start in 1970-71 is the best in franchise history.
Billups, who had 17 points in the third quarter, also had 10 assists. He and Hamilton each made 50 percent of their shots from the field. Rasheed Wallace came up huge with 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Pistons, who trailed by 13 at one point in the third quarter.
"All the great teams have been able to step up in the fourth quarter. We're getting that swagger," Hamilton said.
Tayshaun Prince added 15 points and Ben Wallace scored 10 to go along with nine boards for Detroit, which won despite allowing the Celtics to shoot 53.1 percent from the field.
Ricky Davis had 31 points and nine assists for the Celtics, who had won two of their last three games. Paul Pierce finished with 23 points and seven rebounds, and Mark Blount scored 15 points.
The Pistons have beaten the Celtics twice this season, scoring an 82-81 win on November 4 at Boston on Hamilton's jumper at the buzzer. The finish was far from close on Tuesday, but Boston blew a big lead in the third quarter.
Boston was in front 58-48 at halftime and stretched that margin to 65-52 on a Pierce jumper with 7:54 left in the third. Detroit closed the gap to 81-77 going into the fourth and started the last stanza on an 11-2 run.
"No matter what's going on, we're never out of it," Billups said. "We may be down but we're never out."
Rasheed Wallace started the spurt with a three-pointer and Carlos Arroyo's jumper gave Detroit an 82-81 edge, its first lead since 10-8 in the opening minutes of the game. Hamilton hit a driving layup to cap the spurt.
"They came at us in the second half and we kind of lost our composure," Pierce said. "They took us out of a lot of things we like to do. We're getting there, but we've got to put it together for four quarters. We did some good things tonight. We have to look at those and build from them."
A Davis tip-in with 7:23 left cut Boston's deficit to 88-85, but the Celtics could get no closer. An Antonio McDyess dunk off a steal from Arroyo made the score 92-85, as the crowd of 22,076 rose to its feet and the Pistons scored seven in a row down the stretch to extend to a 111-96 cushion.
Boston has lost four straight and seven of its last eight at Detroit...The Piston shot 50.5 percent from the floor...Raef LaFrentz had 11 points and nine boards, and Al Jefferson scored 10 for the Celtics.
11/15 23:54:27 ET