Detroit 113, New Jersey 89

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J., Jan. 31 (AP) -- Attacking the basket instead of settling for jump shots against the New Jersey Nets paid dividends for the Detroit Pistons.

Not only did the Pistons set a team record for consecutive free throws in a game, they also enjoyed the added benefit of disrupting the Nets' uptempo offense.

Richard Hamilton scored 24 points and the Pistons rewrote their record book by hitting 27 consecutive free throws in a 113-89 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Wednesday night.

"We did a good job of attacking the basket and getting in the bonus,'' said Detroit guard Chauncey Billups, who was perfect on 12 free throw attempts in scoring 18 points.

"Against a team that likes to run and gun like New Jersey, if you get to the free throw line it slows the game down,'' Billups added. "You have a better chance of winning.''

This one turned into a laugher against a Nets team that showed the affects of coming off a five-game West Coast trip.

Detroit also was motivated after a so-so effort in a loss to Washington on Tuesday night.

"We took a challenge,'' Hamilton said. "Last night, when we played Washington, we didn't take it. They shot 50 percent. Tonight we really wanted to stay more alert and pay more attention to the scouting report.''

The report focused on the Nets' Vince Carter, who had scored at least 33 points in each of his last three games.

"Going into the game, Vince was on a roll,'' Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "We did some half-court trapping and some zone. I don't know if we got him frustrated, but it made him more a volume scorer than an efficient scorer.''

Carter finished with 11 points on 4-of-15 shooting from the field and 3-of-7 from the free throw line.

"It was just one of those nights,'' Carter said.

Chris Webber had 17 points, Jason Maxiell 16, and Antonio McDyess had eight and 12 rebounds as the Pistons won for the fifth time in seven games and snapped the Nets' two-game winning streak.

Detroit, which shot 54 percent from the field, finished 33-of-38 from the free throw line.

The Pistons' old record for consecutive free throws was 26, set against the Kansas City Kings on March 23, 1976. Detroit broke the record by making its first 27 attempts against New Jersey.

Webber missed on the 28th attempt late in the third quarter, but Detroit got the offensive rebound and Hamilton nailed a 3-pointer for an 85-64 lead with 3:42 left in the period.

Nets center Mikki Moore scored 18 of his 20 points in the first quarter.

"As a team we didn't play well,'' said Jason Kidd, who added 15 points for New Jersey. "They got anything they wanted.''

The Pistons never trailed after Hamilton and McDyess hit consecutive jumpers late in the first quarter to give Detroit a 26-22 lead. They pushed the lead to 11 points by the half and blew the game open in the third quarter with an 8-2 spurt that featured two jumpers and two free throws by Webber for a 70-53 lead.

Detroit extended the lead to 24 points by the end of the third quarter, and the Nets ran up the white flag by resting Kidd and Carter the rest of the way.

Notes: Nets G Marcus Williams, who had 14 points, was chosen to play in the Rookie Challenge game during the NBA All-Star break. ...The Pistons (14-9) are the only Eastern Conference team with a winning road record. ... Hamilton has scored 20 or more points in 16 of his last 19 games. ... Detroit is 3-0 against New Jersey this season.

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