HOUSTON, Jan. 24 (Ticker) --
The last time the Detroit Pistons won in
Houston, Isiah Thomas was playing on the Eastern Conference
All-Star team instead of coaching it.
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scored 20 points and Corliss Williamson
six of his 18 during a key second-quarter run as the Pistons
snapped a nine-game road losing streak to the Rockets with a
Detroit had not won in Houston since January 2, 1992, when
Thomas was still playing point guard for the Pistons. Thomas,
an 11-time All-Star who is now coach of the Indiana Pacers, will
be coaching the Eastern Conference for the first time this
Robinson and Williamson combined to make 16-of-28 shots for
Detroit, which scored 46 points in the paint and committed only
The Pistons took the lead for good with a 12-0 run midway
through the second quarter. Williamson scored six points during
the burst and Robinson capped it with a running hook shot to
give Detroit a 43-35 edge with 97 seconds to go.
"I didn't have to force anything tonight," said Williamson, who
made 9-of-14 shots. "I try to get position and (my teammates)
found me. We wanted to slow the pace, take them out of their
The Pistons had a 64-56 edge with 2:37 left in the third quarter
before Chauncey Billups
, who finished 11 points, made 1-of-2
free throws and a 3-pointer to spark a 10-0 run.
All-Star center Ben Wallace
made a layup, Mehmet Okur
free throws and Richard Hamilton
capped the third quarter with a
jumper to give Detroit a 74-56 lead entering the fourth.
Hamilton finished with 18 points and Wallace collected nine
points, 18 rebounds, three steals and three blocks as the
Pistons improved to a conference-best 13-9 on the road.
"Ben Wallace was tremendous," Detroit coach Rick Carlisle said.
"He was out of this world. Ben makes everybody work for
everything they get. We have tough-minded guys who relish the
challenge of playing on the road."
Wallace severely outplayed rookie Yao Ming
, who will be starting
at center for the Western Conference in the All-Star Game. Yao
scored only four points on 1-of-4 shooting and grabbed six
rebounds in just 23 minutes.
"I had a chance to play against (Yao) this summer," Wallace
said. "If he catches the ball deep he can score every time. I
tried to push him off the block."
"The opponent's rebounding ability was too strong," Yao said.
"It was frustrating. They have a very strong center. I
thought it would have been good if we had been able to get them
to collapse their defense inside and gotten the outside guys
was limited to 16 points and James Posey
and 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who have lost three straight
following a season-high four-game winning streak.
"Their depth and our lack of depth put us in a real tough
position," Houston coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "We hung in
there for a while. We missed everything inside. Our execution
was no good. We had some pretty good shots, we just couldn't
had 14 points on 5-of-17 shooting for Houston,
which shot just 39 percent (28-of-72) from the floor , including
1-of-6 from 3-point range.
"A lot of the shots that I was getting weren't going down
tonight," he said. "I think we need to get in our offense a
little faster and be more efficient in it, and create more.
Right now we need to be consistent on the offensive end."