Wallace scored 10 of his 19 points in the third quarter and led
the Detroit Pistons to a 110-82 victory over the Bulls on Friday
"I knew they were going to come at me," Wallace said. "I
could see the double-teams coming, and I just got the ball to the
Wallace even had time to take part in the crowd's "Fire
Millen" chant during a late timeout, referring to Detroit Lions
president Matt Millen.
"That was all in good fun," said Wallace, who jokingly offered
to play quarterback for the Lions earlier in the season. "I hear
there's going to be a big march on Sunday, but we'll be out of
Wallace impressed his coach by scoring his 19 points on just 10
field-goal attempts. He was 6-for-10 from the floor, including
3-for-4 on 3-pointers, and made all four of his free throws.
"That's efficient," Saunders said. "Sheed has his fun out
there, but 19 points on 10 shots is pretty tough to do."
Detroit improved to 17-3, the best 20-game start in team
history, and snapped Chicago's four-game road winning streak. The
Pistons are 7-1 at home.
"We're playing every game for Game 7," Saunders said. "This
year, we want Game 7 of the Finals to be in this building."
Wallace added 10 rebounds and Ben Wallace had 13. Richard
Hamilton scored 18 points for Detroit, while Chauncey Billups had
15 points and eight assists.
"When we get it going offensively, we are tough to stop,"
Billups said. "Sheed was great tonight -- he made shots, but he
didn't force anything."
Chris Duhon led Chicago with 13 points, but Luol Deng was the
only other starter in double figures with 11.
"Everything we needed to do, we didn't get done," Chicago
coach Scott Skiles said. "From the minute the ball went up, they
just dominated us all over the floor."
The Pistons used a balanced attack to lead by 13 at the half --
scoring 52 points without a player in double figures. Detroit shot
49 percent and outrebounded the Bulls 24-19.
"They showed why they're the best team in the league right
now," Duhon said. "We couldn't do anything offensive, we couldn't
do anything defensively. We should feel embarrassed."
The Pistons expanded their advantage to 61-43 in the first four
minutes of the third quarter. Rasheed Wallace had seven points in
the surge, including a 3-pointer.
He added another 3-pointer later in the period, and Detroit held
a commanding 85-58 lead, having outscored Chicago 33-19 in the
The Pistons led by as many as 32 in the fourth.
Pistons owner Bill Davidson was honored at a halftime
ceremony. His name was added to the new honor ring along the
sidelines, and a banner with his name was raised to the rafters.
... Skiles picked up a first-quarter technical for arguing a call.
In the fourth, Darko Milicic and Othella Harrington each picked up
technicals for a fourth-quarter scuffle, and Harrington was ejected
for arguing the decision.