San Antonio established its inside scoring from the start,
building a double-digit lead midway through the opening period.
"They made the extra pass when they were going down ... and
they hit their shots,'' said the 6-foot-9 Wallace, who struggled to
defend Duncan, a 7-footer. "We know what happened out there.
There's no need to dwell on it.''
The Spurs made eight of their first 11 shots while clamping down on the Pistons on the defensive end to go up 19-8. Duncan scored 11 points in the quarter on 5-for-9 shooting, while Detroit managed only 6-for-15 from the floor.
San Antonio got its lead up to 21 at 9:00 of the second quarter
on a three-point play by Emanuel Ginobili. A few minutes later, the
Pistons, who made only three of their first 12 shots in the
quarter, trailed 47-20.
Hamilton made jumpers on four consecutive possessions, but
Jackson neutralized the run with three straight jumpers for the
Spurs. Detroit cut San Antonio's lead to 57-37 at the break on a
putback dunk by Wallace with eight seconds left.
Detroit's last win in San Antonio came in April 1997. ...
San Antonio will play its next nine games on the road beginning
Monday at Minnesota. The Spurs don't return to the SBC Center until
Feb. 18 against Denver. ... San Antonio's Kevin Willis has played
in 1,306 NBA games, one short of Buck Williams for sixth on the
career list. Robert Parish has the record at 1,611. ... The Pistons
are 9-5 against Western Conference opponents, while San Antonio is
10-5 against Eastern Conference foes.