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