Pistons 107, Bulls 88

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CHICAGO (AP)—Ben Wallace understands the importance of Rasheed Wallace, though he wasn’t about to give him all the credit Wednesday night.

Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Rasheed Wallace added 15 points and seven rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons past the Chicago Bulls 107-88.

Chauncey Billups had 14 points and Ben Wallace had 13 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have beaten the Bulls eight straight times.

“It’s one of those games where we all had pretty solid games. It wasn’t his (Rasheed) game or anyone’s game. We just had a team that we needed to put away and we did,” Ben Wallace said.

Chicago has lost three straight and five of seven and is tied with Orlando for the fewest wins in the NBA—16.

Detroit closed the second quarter with a 13-3 run for a 51-43 lead. Ben Wallace had a three-point play and Corliss Williamson hit a jumper as time expired in the quarter.

The Pistons had six players in double figures.

“That’s the type of team we have. We don’t ask one guy to carry this team. Everybody is capable of stepping up and carrying their own weight,” Ben Wallace said.

Tayshaun Prince, trying to convert a three-point play, missed the free throw, but Eddy Curry was talking with an official and forgot to block out, allowing Rasheed Wallace an easy putback to extend Detroit’s lead to 60-50 with 9:19 left in the third quarter.

Detroit extended its lead on Rasheed Wallace’s alley-oop dunk from Prince to make it 92-73 with 8:00 left in the game—a play that sent Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who was in attendance, out of his suite.

“This is a game, where obviously as a coach, you wonder why you ever worked on anything because so much we worked on, seemed to be getting good at, we just couldn’t accomplish today,” Bulls head coach Scott Skiles said.

Prince had 13 points and six rebounds for Detroit and Elden Campbell added 10.

Billups had 12 first-half points for Detroit. Curry scored 12 in the half for Chicago and finished with 19 points after fouling out with 8:43 left.

“We got some guys in foul trouble, when you have our big man foul out with nine minutes left to go in the game, that’s a serious blow,” Jerome Williams said.

Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and Williams and Antonio Davis both had 13 forChicago.


Pistons head coach Larry Brown and general manager Joe Dumars have discussed the possibility of reacquiring guard Lindsey Hunter. Hunter was placed on waivers by the Celtics. Brown is bothered by the lack of depth at the guard position after waiving Hubert Davis and dealing Bobby Sura, Chucky Atkins and Hunter to Boston. “Right now, we have three guards and Mike (James) is scared to death, so much has come at him. At least, Lindsey has some familiarity, he will give us some defensive presence that Bobby (Sura) gave us. So, I would hope so,” Brown said before the game. … Pistons forward Mehmet Okur missed the game with lower back spasms. … The Bulls have lost eight straight home games to Detroit. … The sellout crowd of 19,814 was left chanting, “We want Darko (Milicic).” The fans got their wish, the little usedMilicic played the final three minutes of the game.

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6-13,  21 Pts
5 Rebs, 6 Assists
K. Hinrich K. Hinrich
4-10,  14 Pts
2 Rebs, 7 Assists

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