EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Nov. 30 (Ticker) -- Richard Hamilton and Chauncey Billups continue to relish the chance to bury opponents on their home floor.

Hamilton and Billups combined to score 30 second-half points - each sinking a clutch 3-pointer in the final minutes - as the Detroit Pistons maintained the best record in the NBA with a 93-83 victory over the New Jersey Nets.

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The Pistons (11-2) have been red-hot to start the season and have been impressive on the road, where they have won seven of eight games.

"That's more impressive," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "No matter who you play or where you play, it's tough."

"We play the exact same way everywhere we go," Billups said. "So we're a dangerous road team. We just enjoy that opportunity to quiet the crowd."

Detroit brought a hush over Continental Airlines Arena in the third quarter, seizing control with a 17-5 run. Billups sparked the burst with a jumper and capped it with a four-point play. He was fouled by Jeff McInnis as he buried a shot from the top of the arc and sank the ensuing free throw for a 67-61 edge with 1:41 left.

The Nets stayed within striking distance, but Hamilton buried a 3-pointer off a feed from Billups with 2:09 remaining for an 87-78 cushion. New Jersey's Vince Carter responded with a basket, but Billups sank his third 3-pointer of the game with 95 seconds left to seal it.

"It is always a grind in those last five or six minutes," Billups said. "We understand it can come down to one play and we want to make that play."

"We have executed down the stretch very well this season," Saunders said. "In the last six minutes of the games we've played, we've been flawless."

Hamilton finished with 30 points and Billups added 20 for the Pistons, who made 10-of-20 3-pointers. Tayshaun Prince made two 3-pointers en route to 17 points and Rasheed Wallace buried three and finished with 16.

Detroit became the latest team to exploit the lackluster perimeter defense of New Jersey, which has allowed a league-high 116 3-pointers in 15 games this season.

"There are different things we could do to take away the cause and effect in terms of how they get up those threes," Nets coach Lawrence Frank said. "But we weren't able to get it done."

Carter scored 27 points and Richard Jefferson collected 20 and 14 rebounds. But star point guard Jason Kidd had just eight points and five assists and did not speak with the assembled media afterward.

New Jersey failed in its bid for its first three-game winning streak of the season in its first home game following a 2-3 road trip.

"Detroit is the measuring stick in the Eastern Conference," Frank said. "There's no moral victories. I think we're way above that."

New Jersey missed nine of its first 10 shots and Detroit jumped out to an early 12-point lead. But the Nets closed the first quarter strong, then used a 12-2 burst to open the second period.

Carter scored eight straight points during the burst, giving New Jersey its first lead at 31-30 on a floater over Maurice Evans at 7:17 and adding a lefthanded hook over Prince 68 seconds later.

Carter scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in the second quarter and the Nets held the lead until the Pistons' strong third-quarter finish.