Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 2)

Series starts 12/9

Game 1: Friday, December 9th
Game 2: Friday, December 23rd

Warriors 85

(14-13, 6-7 away)

Pistons 97

(21-3, 9-1 home)

    Coverage: WDWB

    8:00 PM ET, December 23, 2005

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    GS 22 20 21 2285
    DET 27 23 30 1797

    Top Performers

    GS: I. Diogu 27 Pts, 7 Reb

    Det: R. Hamilton 28 Pts, 4 Reb, 4 Ast

    Pistons remain hot with 12-point win over Golden State

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons had plenty of reasons to be distracted.

    Rasheed Wallace was playing less than 24 hours after his cousin was killed in a shootout with Philadelphia police, Richard Hamilton had a bad back and the whole team is looking forward to an NBA Finals rematch with San Antonio on Sunday.

    All that wasn't enough for the Golden State Warriors.

    Hamilton scored 28 points and Wallace added 18 to help the Pistons improve to 21-3 with a 97-85 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Friday night. Detroit has won six straight.

    "So many times when people are going through tough times at home or off the court, the court is everybody's safe haven," Chauncey Billups said. "This is where we can come and take our mind off everything for two or three hours."

    Wallace did not speak to the media before or after the game.

    "He was somewhat emotional," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "It's a tough situation, and that's one of the reasons I played him a lot. I thought it was better for him to be occupied than to just sit and think."

    Ben Wallace had 15 points and 14 rebounds, while reserve Maurice Evans had 13 points and Chauncey Billups scored 10.

    Rookie Ike Diogu had a career-best 27 points for Golden State, while Baron Davis and Jason Richardson had 14 each as the Warriors lost their fourth in a row.

    "Ike was obviously a factor, but we didn't get the performance we need from some other players," Golden State coach Mike Montgomery said. "Detroit just has so many ways of coming at you. Hamilton seems like he can get a shot any time he wants. Billups and (Tayshaun) Prince didn't have great nights, but Rasheed made shots and Evans hit some of the bench. That's an awfully good team."

    Diogu hit 13 of 15 shots to surpass his previous best by 12 points.

    "J-Rich and B.D. told me to be ready tonight, and so did the coaching staff," Diogu said. "They penetrated, and I was wide open under the basket. All I had to do was put the ball in the hole."

    Detroit led 50-42 at the half behind 14 points from Hamilton and 12 from Rasheed Wallace.

    The Pistons quickly increased the margin to 63-47 early in the third, and led 80-63 at the end of the quarter.

    Richardson's 3-pointer pulled the Warriors within 83-70 with 8:34 left. Although the Pistons continued to make shots, Diogu hit three straight jumpers to keep Golden State in the game.

    The Warriors finally put together a few stops, and Richardson's layup made it 88-81 with 4:04 to go.

    Detroit answered with a pair of spectacular alley-oop dunks, one by Ben Wallace and one by Tayshaun Prince to hold on for the win.

    Game notes

    The Pistons were playing the second of a five-game homestand. They entered the night having played a league-low 10 home games. ... Derek Fisher picked up a technical foul in the third quarter for arguing a call. Golden State was also called for two defensive three-second technicals. ... Diogu made his first eight field-goal attempts. ... The Pistons are 7-0 against the Pacific Division.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 85 97
    FGM-FGA 38-84 (.452) 38-79 (.481)
    3PM-3PA 5-11 (.455) 5-21 (.238)
    FTM-FTA 4-9 (.444) 16-25 (.640)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-42 12-41
    Assists 18 27
    Turnovers 10 8
    Steals 2 3
    Blocks 3 5
    Fast Break Points 8 15
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (3/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 18

    Top Performers

    Golden State
    Ike Diogu Diogu
    Points: 27
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Richard Hamilton Hamilton
    Points: 28
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0