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Pistons win second straight thanks to Billups' heroics

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups hit a 3-pointer as
time expired to cap a 31-point performance and give the Detroit
Pistons a 107-105 victory over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday
night, the Pistons' second straight win after a seven-game losing
streak.

Detroit trailed by a point and got the ball after Gilbert Arenas
missed a shot for Golden State with 5.8 seconds left. Billups took
the inbounds pass and hit the winning shot over Arenas.

Corliss Williamson added 18 points for Detroit and Ben Wallace
had 10 points and 19 rebounds for Detroit.

Arenas had 28 points for Golden State, including 13 in the
fourth quarter, while Troy Murphy scored 17.

A 3-pointer by Arenas gave Golden State a 102-96 edge with 2:28
left, and after the Pistons cut the margin to three, he drove and
scored again.

Moments later, though, Arenas was called for a loose-ball foul,
then picked up a technical for arguing the call. The Pistons hit
two of the three free throws, pulling them within one, 104-103.

Arenas hit one of two from the line to move the lead to two with
42 seconds left. Cliff Robinson missed, but Wallace was fouled.
Wallace hit one of two to return the deficit to one, 105-104.

Arenas had a chance to give the Warriors a 3-point edge, but his
jumper was off and Wallace grabbed his final rebound of the night
with 5.8 seconds left

The Pistons led 50-47 at the half, thanks to 11 points from
Williamson.

There were 14 lead changes in the third quarter, with neither
team able to score more than six points in a row. A layup by
Williamson in the final seconds of the quarter gave Detroit a 76-75
edge heading into the fourth.

Game notes
Golden State forward Danny Fortson missed his fourth
straight game due to a death in the family. ... The win was
Detroit's eighth in a row over Golden State at the Palace. ...
Local products Jason Richardson (Michigan State) and Earl Boykins
(Eastern Michigan) both received nice applause from the Palace
crowd when they were introduced. ... Richard Hamilton missed his
first eight shots of the second half. ... The Warriors were playing
their third game in four nights, including an overtime loss in
Milwaukee Saturday night, while Detroit had been off since Tuesday.