INDIANAPOLIS, Jan. 27 (Ticker) -- Detroit Pistons guards Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups thoroughly outplayed their Indiana Pacers counterparts.

Hamilton scored 20 points and Billups 17 and the duo limited Indiana guards Jamaal Tinsley and Reggie Miller to just six as the Pistons defeated the Pacers 88-76 in the second meeting between the teams since the events of Nov. 19 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Tayshaun Prince added 16 points, Rasheed Wallace chipped in 13 and Ben Wallace collected 10 and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who also posted a 98-93 victory here on Dec. 25.

"I like playing here," Rasheed Wallace said. "This is a good rivalry. Their fans are behind them 100 percent and they are hard on the opposing team. I like that."

"We came in very focused tonight," Billups said. "Rip (Hamilton) and I look to be aggressive every night, no matter who we are playing. We don't look at it as a matchup thing."

In this one, Detroit shot 73 percent (11-of-15) in the first quarter and 57 percent (17-of-30) in the half, yet held just a 47-40 lead at the break. But after the Pacers reduced a 13-point deficit entering the final period to 72-64 on a pair of Jermaine O'Neal free throws with 9½ minutes left, Rasheed Wallace and Billups countered with back-to-back 3-pointers and the Pistons pulled away.

Miller was held to four points and Tinsley just two for the Pacers, who shot just 40 percent (27-of-67). Tinsley had missed Indiana's 100-86 loss at Boston on Wednesday with the flu.

The buzz in Indiana's locker room after the game centered around a television report that claimed Miller told teammates that he will retire at the end of the season. Miller denied the rumor.

"That is absolutely false," a visibly aggravated Miller said. "Once again, (sideline reporter) Craig Sager with inaccurate reporting. If and when I make a statement like that, the two people at (television network) TNT that I would speak to are Sir Charles (Barkley) or Cheryl Miller. So for you to report something like that ... I'm very disappointed.

"I'm not worried about this summer. Right now I'm worried about a three-game losing streak and about how to get this turned around."

O'Neal scored 27 points to pace Indiana (20-21), which slipped below .500 for the first time since April 2002.

"The month of January has been brutal on us," O'Neal said. "I'm disappointed. Last year, we won 61 games and this year, we are 20-21 at the halfway point. We just have to figure out a way to weather the storm."

Playing his second game since serving a 30-game suspension for his actions on Nov. 19, Stephen Jackson added 11 points but made just 4-of-13 shots.

Matched up against Jackson, Prince scored eight points in the first quarter and added another four in the second, making all five of his shot attempts in the half.

"We knew they were going to try to get Jermaine and Jackson some touches," Rasheed Wallace said. "Jackson doesn't have his legs yet and we went to Tayshaun early. We knew we had to come out and set the tempo."