CHICAGO, Jan. 3 (Ticker) -- Richard Hamilton
and the Detroit Pistons
have made the United Center their home away from home.
Hamilton scored 20 of his 28 points in the second half as the
Pistons defeated the Chicago Bulls, 87-80, for their ninth
straight win at the United Center.
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Hamilton scored Detroit's final 10 points and keyed a 14-4 run
that put the Pistons up for good, 83-74, with 1:44 remaining.
"I think as it gets later in the game, I think we get better."
Detroit managed just 14 first-quarter points but went on a 15-2
spurt in the second period, opening a 29-26 lead on a 3-pointer
by Rasheed Wallace
"Everyone really helped out," Pistons coach Larry Brown said.
"We had some guys come in off the bench that gave us a lift."
Rookie Ben Gordon
turned things around with 17 of his 27 points
in the second quarter, including a high-arching layup off the
glass just before the half that gave Chicago a 44-39 edge.
Hamilton, who outscored Gordon in a battle of former University
of Connecticut stars, admitted he wasn't thinking about the
"No not really," Hamilton said. "But it shows how (Huskies coach
Jim) Calhoun produces great guards. Ben was great. But it was
nice to get the win."
Gordon was held scoreless in the third quarter.
"They were really keying on me after a while," Gordon said. "I
did still manage to get some looks. The battle with Hamilton
was a duel."
"Ben does not yet have the stamina to play huge minutes in a
game," Bulls coach Scott Skiles said. "We try to keep him fresh
and I think tonight was a good example of that. Clearly, he just
Detroit increased the defensive intensity when necessary in the
second half, holding Chicago to one basket in the final five
minutes of the third quarter and one in the final 5:45 of the
"Our second-half defense really carried us and it was really
good." Brown said. "For the most part, we managed the ball well
scored 15 points and Ben Wallace
rebounds for the Pistons, who have won five of six. Prince's
defense caught the eye of Brown, who credited him with slowing
"Tayshaun did a great job on him," Brown said. "I thought in the
second half he forced (Gordon) into taking some tougher shots."
scored 19 points and Tyson Chandler
swept 14 rebounds for the Bulls. Chicago played without center Eddy Curry
, who had the flu.
"We sure missed Eddy tonight," Hinrich said. "We like getting him the ball in the paint every time down the floor when he's in
there and we didn't have that going for us."