Detroit won a 106-98 decision in the first meeting between the
teams at the Palace of Auburn Hills on December 2. Richard
Hamilton scored a season-high 40 points and the Pistons shot
better than 53 percent from the floor.
Brown guided Detroit to NBA Finals appearances the last two
seasons and to the 2004 title. But the team elected to buy out
his contract after reports surfaced that he was pondering
another job and hired Flip Saunders.
Chauncey Billups scored 23 points and Hamilton added 21 in the
Pistons' 117-89 blowout victory at Atlanta on Wednesday. Detroit
had six players score in double figures, as it shot 52 percent
(12-of-23) from the arc.
The Pistons own an NBA-best 15-3 road record, including 6-1
against Eastern Conference opponents. They have won five
Jamal Crawford scored 19 points and Quentin Richardson added 17
as the Knicks lost in overtime, 106-104, at Chicago on Chicago.
New York has dropped its last three games after winning a
season-high six in a row.
The Knicks may by without the services of forward-center Antonio
Davis, who ran into the stands during the overtime at Chicago
to aid his wife, who apparently was being harassed by fans.
Knicks point guard Stephon Marbury - the club's leading scorer
at 18.9 points per game - will miss his second straight game due
to a shoulder injury.