"We always look to run -- we just try to pick the right spots to do it,'' said Detroit coach Rick Carlisle. "We're never going to be the type of team that wants to get into windshield-wiper games.''
Point guard Chauncey Billups, who scored 11 of his 13 points in the first quarter, agreed with his coach.
"We've got the type of team that can get out there and go,'' he said. "We've got slashers and guys who can spot up for 3. We just don't always get into the right situation.''
We've got the type of team that can get out there and go. We've got slashers and guys who can spot up for 3. We just don't always get into the right situation. ”
— Pistons guard Chauncey Billups
The victory extended Detroit's winning streak to three games and
dropped Seattle to 2-1 on its five-game road trip.
Both teams were in the midst of playing four games in five nights. Seattle is now finished with its stretch, while the Pistons will be done after hosting New Jersey on Sunday.
"I think we got a little gassed tonight with the back-to-backs,'' said Seattle's Brent Barry. "But these games are on the schedule, and we've got more of them, so we better find a way to gut our way through them.''
Ben Wallace played 42 minutes for Detroit, including the first 23 minutes of the second half, but isn't concerned about running out of steam against the Nets.
"You don't worry about tomorrow today, you worry about winning the game,'' he said. "We took care of business tonight and we'll have to play hard tomorrow against the Nets.''
"We know Rip is going to score, so we need to find guys every night to score points as well,'' said Clifford Robinson. "Some nights it will be me, some nights it will be Corliss or Chauncey or someone else. I told Chauncey not to worry about being selfish -- he just needs to keep being aggressive with the ball.''
Detroit's bench, led by Williamson and 11 points from Jon Barry, outscored the Seattle reserves 38-17.
"That bench is tough for any team to handle,'' said Seattle coach Nate McMillan. "They don't lose a thing offensively when they go to the bench, because Chucky Atkins and Jon Barry might be their two best 3-point shooters and Corliss Williamson is probably their best low-post player.''
Brent Barry and Predrag Drobnjak hit 3-pointers to start the second half, pulling the Sonics within four, and they eventually cut it to 60-59.
Detroit, though, answered with a 12-0 run that included nine points from Hamilton.
"We had some serious breakdowns there,'' Brent Barry said. "We weren't doing anything to stop what they were doing to us.''
Hamilton finished with 13 points in the quarter, and the Pistons led 73-62 at period's end. Seattle never got back within single digits in the fourth.
"Obviously, Rip was tremendous for us when we needed him in the third quarter,'' Carlisle said. "Then Corliss stepped up in the fourth. We basically ran everything through him, and he came through.''
The Pistons used six first-half 3-pointers, including three from
Billups, to build a 17-point lead late in the second quarter.
Seattle finished the half with an 8-2 run and pulled to 54-44 at
Pistons center Zeljko Rebraca picked up a technical foul for arguing a second-quarter jump ball. ... The Pistons have won six straight home games against Seattle. ... Wallace got the
biggest cheer of the night when he swatted one of Payton's shots
into the Pistons bench. ... Jon Barry won the game and the family
battle, outscoring brother Brent 11-9.