AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons aren't upset at
losing two home games to the Chicago Bulls in a month. They just
don't like that the Bulls did it by beating them at their own game.
Kirk Hinrich had 24 points and nine assists to lead Chicago to a
100-89 victory over the Pistons on Saturday night.
"We're about rock bottom right now," Pistons coach Larry Brown
said. "We didn't match their energy and we didn't match their
execution. That blows my mind, because that's how we won a
championship last year."
It was Chicago's second victory at the Palace since Dec. 22
after not having won there in three years. Chicago hadn't won twice
in Detroit in one season since 1995-96.
"It feels good to come in here and beat a great team like
Detroit," Hinrich said. "I think it shows that we are becoming
mentally tougher and showing some maturity."
Eddy Curry added 15 for the Bulls before fouling out and Antonio
Davis had 14.
"Detroit's one of the best teams in the league," Curry said.
"This shows that we can play with teams like that."
The win moves Chicago to .500 (19-19) for the first time this
late in a season since 1998, but Bulls coach Scott Skiles wasn't
"To do things, you've got to get to .500, but it is what you do
after you get there that is important," he said. "We aren't even
halfway through the season. Let's see what we do from here."
Richard Hamilton led all scorers with 32, including 16 in the
first quarter, but only scored seven in the second half. Hamilton
was a game-time decision with a bruised right thigh.
The Pistons led 47-44 at the half thanks to Hamilton, who shot
8-for-10 from the field and made eight of nine free throws, but
Chicago quickly went ahead after intermission.
Chicago led 72-68 at the end of the third quarter, but Carlos
Arroyo scored the first four points of the fourth to tie it.
Arroyo, acquired Friday from Utah for Elden Campbell, was making
his Pistons debut.
The Pistons took a brief lead, but the Bulls scored the next
nine points, five by Hinrich, to go up 81-74.
Detroit got to 83-80, but Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Ben
Wallace were called for technical fouls in a span of 20 seconds for
arguing calls, and Hinrich made all three free throws. The Pistons
never seriously threatened again.
"I think we just lost our poise," Brown said. "There's a time
and place for that, and that wasn't it."
Billups agreed that he and his teammates chose the wrong time to
make a protest.
"We have to learn to play through stuff like that, but it is
easier said than done," he said. "When you feel you aren't
getting the calls you should be, it gets very frustrating, and you
saw that tonight."
Arroyo entered the game late in the first quarter and
finished with five points and five assists in 17 minutes. ... Ben
Wallace, who only had three rebounds in Friday's loss in Milwaukee,
had four in the first quarter against Chicago. He finished with 13.
... Tayshaun Prince needed attention from the trainers after being
accidentally elbowed in the head by Tyson Chandler in the last 90
seconds, but stayed in the game.