AUBURN HILLS, Mich., March 18 (Ticker) --
A nearly perfect outing by
kept the Detroit Pistons on a roll at home.
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Billups made his first seven shots and finished with 23 points
to lead the Pistons to a 103-92 victory over the Toronto
The win was Detroit's season-high 11th straight at home and
fourth in a row overall.
"When you're a good team or a great team, you have to establish
dominance at home," Billups said. "I think most of the good
teams are doing that this year and we're just one of them.
We're playing very good at home. We love playing in front of
Billups, who matched a season high with 32 points in a win over
Seattle on Wednesday, set the tone early with a 5-of-5 effort in
the first quarter. He capped the showing with back-to-back
3-pointers to stake the Pistons to a 27-17 lead with 3:31 left.
The 28-year-old Billups was 2-of-13 the last time these teams
squared off but did not miss in this one until midway through
the fourth period. By that time, the Raptors had climbed within
seven points, 85-78, but Billups had an answer.
Billups assisted on Rasheed Wallace
's 3-pointer, then hit six
straight free throws to make it 94-85 with just under four
"Chauncey has been playing great for us the last four or five
ballgames," said Detroit assistant Gar Heard, filling in while
coach Larry Brown
recovers from surgery. "He came out and set
the tone. He's been shooting the ball extremely well. The
thing about it is we were shooting the ball extremely well and
so were they."
Toronto, which played without injured star forward Chris Bosh
never got closer than seven thereafter and fell for the fifth
time in its last six road games. Bosh missed his first game
this season with a sore lower back.
"Anytime you are playing against the world champs on their home
floor, it's going to be tough," said Raptors guard and Detroit
native Jalen Rose
, who scored 24 points.
Since failing to record a basket in an ugly 64-62 win over the
Utah Jazz on Sunday, the Pistons have topped 100 in three
straight games, just the second time they have done so all
Toronto, meanwhile, had its string of five straight games over
100 points snapped. It averaged 112 points during that span but
dug a hole in this one with 37 percent shooting over the first
scored 21 points, Richard Hamilton
added 20 and
Wallace 18 for Detroit, which owns a 6 1/2-game lead in the
scored 16 of his 25 points in the first half
and pulled down 12 rebounds for the Raptors, who had just seven
turnovers but were outrebounded, 55-40.
Marshall kept Toronto within striking distance on the strength
of another solid shooting effort. He shot 10-of-16 and made
half his 10 3-pointers to improve to 21-of-39 from long range
over his last three games.
"I thought that Donyell battled, he played good D and he shot
the ball well," Raptors coach Sam Mitchell
said. "I think
Donyell has been playing at a high level."
Toronto fell four games behind Philadelphia for the final
playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
"We will continue to try and work our best to where we can play
at a high level," Mitchell said.
The Pistons put their home streak on the line Sunday when they
host league-leading San Antonio.