Detroit (44-9) at Chicago (24-29)

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  • Game info: 8:30 pm EST Fri Feb 24, 2006
  • TV: WDWB, CSCH
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The Detroit Pistons may have the NBA’s best record, but they’ve struggled on the road lately. Chicago might be the best place to end those struggles.

The Pistons look to end their recent road funk and win their 12th straight game at the United Center as they visit the Bulls.

Detroit has lost three of its last four road games, but has won 21 of its last 24 against the Bulls. The Pistons have not lost at Chicago since Jan. 22, 2000.

The Pistons are 2-0 against the Bulls this season, defeating them by a combined 41 points.

Detroit is riding a three-game winning streak after an 88-83 victory Thursday over Indiana. Rasheed Wallace scored a game-high 28 points, including 11 in a two-minute stretch of the fourth quarter to put the game away.

“That game was ugly by any description,” said Chauncey Billups, who finished with 14 points and nine assists. “But Sheed finally got cooking and carried us home. We’ll take it.”

Wallace made 4-of-5 3-pointers against the Pacers, and has made 7-of-10 3s against the Bulls this season.

Ben Wallace added 13 points, eight rebounds and five blocks against the Pacers, and has 11 of Detroit’s 20 blocks in the last two games.

Richard Hamilton is averaging 25.0 points on 54.1 percent shooting in his last five road games, but has shot just 20.0 percent from the floor in his last two visits to Chicago.

The Bulls have won four of their last five home games, including a 97-91 victory Wednesday over the Milwaukee Bucks. Kirk Hinrich scored 26 points, including seven in a 9-0 fourth-quarter run which put Chicago ahead to stay.

Tyson Chandler helped preserve the win with two key blocked shots in the final minute.

“We made a couple of big plays. We had a couple of stops and Ty came up big,” said Hinrich, who had 16 points in the first quarter but didn’t score again until his surge in the fourth. “That’s what we need to do. We need to have guys step up when it really counts, when the game is on the line, and make plays. Tonight we did that.”

Chandler, who finished with 12 rebounds and four blocks, has grabbed at least 10 boards in each of his last 12 games, averaging 13.7 rebounds during that span. His streak of games with 10 or more rebounds is the longest by a Bull since Dennis Rodman had a 15-game run from Dec. 10, 1997-Jan. 7, 1998.

Hinrich is averaging 20.5 points on 45.1 percent shooting in his last four games, but has just 13 points on 30.0 percent shooting in two games against Detroit this season.

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