AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups couldn't believe his
"I've seen games where we've had 32 assists before," said
Billups, who finished with 17 points, five assists and no
turnovers. "But 32 assists and four turnovers? That's unreal."
The four turnovers matched a franchise low, and the 32 assists
gave Detroit at least 30 in three straight games for the first time
since Jan. 1987.
"It's fun playing basketball like this," All-Star forward Ben
Wallace said. "Everyone is playing hard and everyone is touching
the ball. When you play like this, the energy gets contagious."
The Pistons won for the eighth time in nine games and completed
a dominant 3-0 homestand. In five days, they beat the Los Angeles
Lakers, Washington Wizards and Milwaukee by an average of 22.3
"We are playing about as well as we can play," coach Larry
Brown said. "Getting 32 assists and four turnovers is just
Milwaukee was missing Michael Redd (finger) for the second game
in a row. The Bucks had a three-game winning streak snapped.
"With Michael out, our guys just couldn't make the perimeter
shots," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "You have to be able to do
that against this team."
"It was great to be back," said James, who hadn't played at
the Palace since helping Detroit beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals
last year. "The Pistons are still the team to beat."
Detroit broke it open in the last 4:42 of the first half. They
were leading only 44-39 when backup forward Antonio McDyess was
ejected for arguing with referee Derrick Stafford.
That seemed to energize Detroit, which held Milwaukee to just
two points the rest of the quarter and took a 17-point edge into
halftime. Rasheed Wallace scored eight of his 13 first-half points
in the 14-2 run.
Detroit didn't make anything easier for the Bucks after
halftime, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter to go
up 67-41. Milwaukee went scoreless for more than six minutes
spanning the second and third.
"The Pistons had 21 fast-break points in the first half, and
they aren't a fast-break team," Porter said. "We just had too
many turnovers, and then we couldn't get anything at all at the
beginning of the second half. I'm disappointed."
The Pistons led 85-58 at the end of the third and cruised the
rest of the way.
The Pistons have won six straight at home. ... Redd is
day-to-day. ... Monday was Richard Hamilton's 27th birthday. ...
Darko Milicic scored eight points in 13 minutes, surpassing the
career-best seven points he had Saturday against Washington.