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Pistons win 10th straight by downing Pacers

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Chauncey Billups, Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack with 14 points each as the Detroit Pistons won their 10th straight with a 96-80 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday night.

Jason Maxiell added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who haven't lost since Jan. 21, and are 31-8 since an 8-5 start. The victory also gave the Pistons a season sweep of the Pacers, their first since 1984-85.

None of Detroit's starters played 30 minutes, and Hamilton scored his 14 points in just 19, thanks to foul trouble and the lopsided score. Rookie Rodney Stuckey scored 12 points to reach double figures for the sixth time in seven games.

Ike Diogu led the Pacers with 14 points, while Mike Dunleavy had 11 -- the only starter in double figures. Indiana has lost nine of 11.

Unlike their previous two home games, when the Pistons led by at least 24 points in the first half, they only had a 55-42 advantage over the Pacers at the break.

Detroit turned the ball over seven times in the third quarter, but it didn't help Indiana. The Pistons went up 73-50 late in the period on back-to-back 3-pointers by Billups and Hamilton, and the Pacers never put together a serious rally.

Notes:

Travis Diener (sore foot) sat out for Indiana, while Jermaine O'Neal missed his 13th straight game with a knee injury and Jamaal Tinsley (knee) missed his fourth straight. ... The Pistons have not trailed after the first quarter in any of their last three home games. ... Indiana's starters shot a combined 27 percent (10-for-37). ... The Pistons committed 12 turnovers in the second half after having just one in each of the first two quarters.



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