With their playoff seed already locked up, the Detroit Pistons have six games left to tune up for the postseason.

They'll start on Tuesday, when they try for their 11th straight home win over the New York Knicks.

The Pistons (55-21) secured the No. 2 spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs on Sunday when they beat the league-worst Miami Heat 91-75. Detroit, which won an NBA title in 2004, will be making its seventh straight trip to the postseason - and trying to advance to the conference finals for the sixth consecutive season.

Boston already has wrapped up the No. 1 seed, while Orlando will be in the No. 3 spot.

"We're comfortable with our position right now and we just want to keep doing what's made us successful," point guard Chauncey Billups said. "You can't do any more than that."

None of Detroit's starters played more than 28 minutes against the Heat, and the five players combined for a total of just 3 minutes, 28 seconds of playing time in the second quarter, when the Pistons outscored Miami 20-11. Antonio McDyess got the night off, while leading scorer Richard Hamilton sat out for the sixth time in seven games with a sore hip.

Hamilton could return for Wednesday's game at Philadelphia.

"We decided when we came down that we were going to go with the younger guys," coach Flip Saunders said. "They did a nice job, found a way to finish and it was very encouraging."

Rookie Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 on 6-for-7 shooting as Detroit won its fifth straight.

If recent history is any indication, the Pistons might be able to get a little more rest against New York (21-56). The Knicks have not won in Detroit since an 89-82 victory on March 27, 2002.

The Pistons won 98-86 in the only meeting this season at The Palace of Auburn Hills on Nov. 21.

The Knicks ended a five-game losing streak on Sunday, beating the Magic 100-90. Rookie Wilson Chandler scored a season-high 23 points, nearly four times his season average entering the game (5.9).

"I think he continues to grow. He played a lot of minutes tonight, he played 44 minutes," coach Isiah Thomas said of Chandler, who has scored in double figures in seven of his last 11 games. "I thought his defensive assignments, he didn't miss any assignments and he was able to follow the schemes."

The game was New York's first at home since Donnie Walsh was hired as president of basketball operations Wednesday. Thomas would not say if he has spoken with Walsh, whom he coached under in Indiana from 2000-03, about his future with the organization.

"Whatever role, my job is to work with Donnie and I'm happy to be working with him, and again we had a nice thing going in Indiana that was interrupted, and I think that given the opportunity we could have a nice thing here," Thomas said.

Sunday's win was just the third in 20 games for New York, which has dropped seven straight on the road.


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