Billups, Prince Keep Pistons Rolling
Detroit 97, Seattle 85
AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 6 (Ticker) -- Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups played a big part in the Detroit Pistons extending their home winning streak. Strangely, so did Seattle SuperSonics coach Bob Hill.
Prince collected 21 points and a season-high 11 rebounds and Billups added 21 and seven assists as the Pistons won their 10th consecutive home game, a 97-85 triumph over the SuperSonics.
Coaching his second game since replacing the fired Bob Weiss, Hill vehemently protested the call, but replays showed he had a foot on the court. Although the shot did not go in, Hamilton was credited with the basket and Billups made the ensuing free throw to give the Pistons an 11-point lead.
"At first, they said I touched him, and then they said I changed the shot," Hill said. "I didn't touch him. I might have been on the floor, but coaches do that. I asked if they were going to give them the ball, too, but they said we could keep it. That was nice of them."
Hamilton agreed that he never felt Hill touch him.
"As long as it's going our way, I'll take it all day long," said Hamilton, who scored 15 points but made just 6-of-15 shots.
Rashard Lewis scored 27 points and Ray Allen added 22 for Seattle, which never threatened thereafter en route to its third loss in four games.
The Sonics held the Pistons to 42 percent (37-of-88) shooting, but also yielded 20 offensive rebounds which led to 22 second-chance points for the team with the league's best record (26-4).
"We played well. We did some good things, but the offensive rebounds killed us," Lewis said.
"That's what we're focusing on, just keep it moving," Billups said. "Keep moving, try to take care of home court and stay healthy in the process."
French rookie Johan Petro was the only other Seattle player in double figures, adding a season-high 10 points.
Ben Wallace collected 13 points and a season-high 21 rebounds for the Pistons, who held the Sonics to 38 percent (34-of-89) and won for the 11th time in 12 games.
"I think he's the key to our success," Prince said. "He did a great job on the boards and if you really count how many times he got fouled, he would have had 30 (rebounds)."