CHICAGO (AP) -- Rasheed Wallace had the anger. He also had the
That concoction added up to a dominant performance Saturday
night, with the volatile Wallace scoring 26 points to lead the
Detroit Pistons to their fourth straight victory, 92-79 over the
Wallace yelled at the officials, picked up a technical -- which
he has been known to do from time to time. But he never lost his
"He just makes the opponent look silly to me," forward Antonio
McDyess said. "When he gets going like that, it's hard to stop
him. We just love to see him when he gets going like that. Just
give him the ball and move out of his way."
Down 15 in the second quarter, the Pistons tied it at halftime
and blew out the Bulls 27-10 in the third.
One night after scoring 40 points to lead the Pistons to a
106-98 home victory over the New York Knicks and former coach Larry
Brown, Detroit's Richard Hamilton had 10 points on 4-of-13
shooting. But his teammates compensated.
Wallace was 8-of-15, 4-for-6 on 3-pointers, and had two steals
and five rebounds. He walked onto the court with a chip on his
shoulder after scoring three points against New York, and took it
out on the Bulls.
"I had to -- especially after that performance last night,"
Wallace said. "I was terrible. I had to come out here and just
play. But we got down. They came out smoking in the first quarter.
But I knew we would (slow them) down."
Chicago's Luol Deng followed a season-high 28-point performance
in Friday's victory at Boston by scoring a team-high 18. Michael
Sweetney added 15 points and eight rebounds for the Bulls (8-7),
playing their fourth game in five nights.
"That's a very good team," said Chicago's Ben Gordon, who
scored 13 points. "We were in good shape in the first half, but we
totally lost our energy in the third quarter. It's tough to come
back against a team like that. We struggled on the perimeter
Prince gave the Pistons (13-2) their first lead since the game's
opening minute, 46-44, when he scored in the lane to start the
second half. Hamilton hit a baseline jumper, and from there, the
Pistons pulled away.
Billups, who was 0-for-2 with a point in the first half, hit a
3-pointer to make it 51-46. And back-to-back 3s by Wallace and
Billups made it 59-48 early in the third.
After picking up a technical foul, Wallace refocused and
continued his onslaught on the Bulls, converting a three-point play
that made it a 13-point game. His banked jumper from the left wing,
over Andres Nocioni, made it 66-49 with 4:42 left.
"Now, he's matured," said Detroit's Dale Davis, who witnessed
more than a few tantrums by Wallace when they played in Portland.
"He's learned how to take that energy and put it into his game. He
might get a technical every once in awhile. Tonight, he let his
game speak for itself. He pretty much laughed it off in a way."
With the Pistons, he's part of an ensemble. He's not necessarily
the focal point on offense, which he was with Portland.
"He really knows his role," Davis said. "I don't think
there's a lot of added pressure on him. In Portland, we gave him
the ball on a constant basis. There were a lot of high
Billups added a jumper and a 3 in the final 3:22, and the
Pistons took a 71-54 lead into the fourth.
The Bulls, who had won five of six, started strong. But for the
second straight night, they saw a 15-point lead disappear in the
second quarter -- and this time, they lost the game. After rallying
from seven down to win at Boston on Friday night, they never
recovered once the Pistons made their move.
"It shows you what kind of team they are," Deng said of
Wallace now has 5,000 rebounds and 11,455 points in his
career. ... With Darko Milicic struggling, Pistons coach Flip
Saunders indicated Davis might see more time. Neither played
Saturday. Davis has played in just three games, while the
20-year-old Milicic is averaging 1.7 points and 1.7 rebounds in 11
appearances. "It's going to depend on who you play and what you
need," Saunders said. "Certain teams, you might not more inside
presence defensively, and that's where you're probably going to use
Dale. A lot now with that spot is going to depend on matchups."
... Saunders was called for a technical foul midway through the
first quarter, after a shot-clock violation by the Pistons. ... The
Bulls' 35 second-half points were a season low.