Detroit has won seven of its last eight games, including an 86-65 victory over the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday night. The Pistons are the first team since the shot clock was implemented in 1954-55 to hold three consecutive opponents below 70 points.
“I think more than anything, it’s our offense because we’re moving the ball and getting everybody involved and taking good shots,” said Detroit All-Star center Ben Wallace of the Pistons’ defensive prowess.
“We’re not turning the ball over, leading to fast breaks. It’s giving our defense a chance to go down and get set.”
Rasheed Wallace scored 18 points as the Pistons improved to 7-3 since acquiring him in a trade with Atlanta.
“Rasheed is helping everybody out,” Ben Wallace said. “He’s doing so many things on both ends of the floor. I really didn’t realize until he got here how talented he is.”
Detroit held Portland, Rasheed Wallace’s former team, to 68 points last Thursday before limiting Denver to 66 on Saturday.
Chicago is coming off an 89-81 loss to Philadelphia on Tuesday night. Eddy Curry scored 18 points, but the 6-11, 285-pound center managed just one rebound in the loss—the Bulls’ seventh in the last nine games.
“I wish everyone would stop focusing on so much of Eddy’s scoring, because that makes my job very difficult,” said Bulls coach Scott Skiles. “He needs a lot of work on his defense and his rebounding. Just by pure athleticism, agility and skill, he’s going to score in games.”