SAN ANTONIO (Ticker) -- Christmas was far from joyous for the
defending-champion San Antonio Spurs, who have redemption on
The Spurs seek their seventh victory in eight outings Thursday
when they battle the Detroit Pistons in a showdown of two of the
league's premier squads.
After the Spurs defeated the Pistons in the NBA Finals last
June, Detroit manhandled San Antonio in an 85-70 triumph
December 25. Chauncey Billups scored 20 points and Ben Wallace
added 10 with 21 rebounds for the Pistons.
Detroit had a 57-30 rebounding edge and limited San Antonio to a
franchise-low eight points in the first quarter, all scored by
Tim Duncan scored 27 points with 12 rebounds and Parker had 18
for San Antonio in Tuesday's 96-91 victory over the New Jersey
Nets, which opened a three-game homestand.
The Pistons have the league's top record and are off to the best
32-game start in franchise history. They are 3-1 in January.
Richard Hamilton scored 30 points for the fifth time this
season, Billups had 18 and Rasheed Wallace 15 in Tuesday's 96-86
win over the New Orleans Hornets.
San Antonio has won 17-of-18 home games this season and is 55-4
in the regular season here dating to the start of last season.
However, Detroit has the league's best road mark (13-3).