Billups hit two free throws with 9.3 seconds left and Zach
Randolph missed a 3-pointer as the Pistons survived a tough
challenge from the rebuilding Blazers.
Wallace scored 13 points in his third trip to Portland since his
contentious stint with the Blazers ended two years ago. Wallace
overcame a slow start, contributing to the victory with tenacious
defense and clutch shooting in the fourth quarter.
"No matter how a game is going, Sheed is going to hit big
shots," Billups said. "He's so gutsy. And I know for him to hit
them in this building is better than any other place. We wanted to
get this win for him."
The Pistons (6-0) are the only undefeated team in the NBA and
are off to their best start since going 8-0 in 1988-89 en route to
the first of consecutive NBA championships.
Darius Miles had 23 points and Zach Randolph added 21 points and
10 rebounds for the Blazers, who lost at home for the first time
Detroit, coming off a hard-fought 111-104 win over Phoenix on
Thursday night, clamped down on Miles and Randolph in the final
quarter, holding Miles scoreless and Randolph to two points.
"We didn't have a lot of energy (early on)," Pistons coach
Flip Saunders said. "We got more energy in the fourth quarter and
defense kept us in the game."
Former Blazers Terry Porter and Chris Dudley were in
attendance, as was Bill Walton, who called the nationally televised
game for ESPN. ... Wallace entered the game averaging 13 points and
10 rebounds against the Blazers. ... Saunders is the only Pistons
coach to go 6-0 in his first season. He also went 6-0 to start the
2000-01 season with the Minnesota Timberwolves.