AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Miami Heat coach Pat Riley knew he
would have a matchup problem Monday night.
He just didn't realize how bad it was going to be.
Playing against much smaller players like Travis Best and Eddie
House, Detroit guard Richard Hamilton scored a season-high 34
points as the Pistons routed the Heat 93-62.
"We were just totally overmatched at that position,'' Riley
said of the 6-foot-7 Hamilton. "We're too short to play against
him -- he just went over the top on us all night long.''
Hamilton, who scored 16 points as Detroit blew the game open in
the third quarter, is averaging 28.5 points in Detroit's last four
"Things are just getting better and better since the break,''
Hamilton said. "The guys are getting me the ball for open shots,
and I've been able to knock them down. I think a lot of it has to
do with finally getting in a rhythm. We had a lot of new guys this
year, and even when the defense was there, it took a while for the
offense to get comfortable.''
Detroit has now won eight of nine, while the Heat have dropped
three of four.
"We've got a lot of guys playing hard and playing well,''
Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "Ben Wallace was enormous on the
glass again with 19 rebounds and Rip got on a roll unlike any I
have seen in quite some time.''
Miami was without leading scorer Eddie Jones, who missed his
third straight game with a strained groin, and finished with its
lowest point total of the season.
Cliff Robinson added 15 points for Detroit, while Michael Curry
matched a season-high with 11.
"This was a really embarrassing performance,'' Riley said. "We
were absolutely not competitive.''
Detroit took advantage of the slumping Heat right from the
start, jumping out to a 26-14 lead in the first quarter. Robinson
had eight points in the period, while Wallace had eight rebounds.
Miami stayed relatively close throughout the second, but still
trailed 45-32 at halftime.
Hamilton scored 10 points in the first six minutes of the second
half, helping Detroit increase its lead to 59-40.
Hamilton finished the period with 16 points as the Pistons built
a comfortable 76-47 lead. Wallace had 10 rebounds in the quarter.
"That's how we need to handle teams,'' Wallace said. "We can't
let teams get back into games when we have them down -- we have to
keep playing hard and put them away. It is good to see us doing
The Pistons led by as many as 36 in the fourth while handing
Miami its worst loss of the season.
"We've been known for our pride and hard work, but we didn't
have any of that tonight,'' Brian Grant said. "Detroit plays
basketball the way we are supposed to be playing it -- no tricks, no
gimmicks, just straight-up basketball. As a captain of this team,
it is my job to make sure we never do this again.''
Robinson, who only scored two points Sunday in Cleveland,
had six in the first five minutes Monday. ... Riley picked up a
first-quarter technical for arguing a call, and House got one in
the final minute for the same reason. ... Detroit won the season
series 3-1 and has beaten the Heat in four of the last five
meetings. ... Both teams were in stretches of four games in five
nights. Detroit finished its run with three wins, while Miami is
1-2 heading into Tuesday's game in New Jersey. ... Wallace had nine
defensive rebounds in the third quarter, one short of his own team