AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups was so good it
almost made Phil Jackson sick.
Billups scored a season-high 33 points and made several dazzling
plays during a 10-0 surge early in the fourth quarter as the
Detroit Pistons beat the Los Angeles Lakers 111-88 Wednesday night.
"Too much Billups tonight," Jackson said. "He made me want to
The Pistons snapped a nine-game home losing streak against the
Lakers -- their longest against any team -- with their first victory
over their old rivals at The Palace since Dec. 20, 1991.
Billups said he felt "unstoppable" at times and he looked like
it one game after scoring 31 in a win over Golden State.
The powerful point guard -- who scored six points in just over
two minutes during the decisive run -- began the fourth-quarter
burst by splitting two defenders and making a crafty scoop shot
from outside the right side of the lane.
"That was just a little scoop shot, a playground play,"
Billups said with a grin. "I don't practice that shot, I'll say
The Eastern Conference-leading Pistons -- who have won three
straight after losing a season-high seven consecutive games -- don't
have stars like Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal. But Detroit does
have a top-to-bottom team that rivals any in the league.
"There are not many teams that can match our bench," Billups
O'Neal, who scored a season-low 13 points in a 17-point loss at
Chicago on Tuesday, had 24 points and 13 rebounds. Bryant scored 21
on 9-of-23 shooting.
Robert Horry scored 13 for the three-time defending champions,
who have lost two straight after winning nine of their previous 10.
"This hurts us, but we aren't about to give up," O'Neal said.
"We just have to keep playing as hard as we can.
"They played a little bit harder down the stretch than we did.
We still had a couple of chances to win, but Detroit got all the
loose balls and played with a lot more energy."
After Detroit's run gave it a 86-71 lead midway through the
fourth quarter, the Lakers didn't get closer than 10 as a sellout
crowd chanted: "Beat L.A.! Beat L.A!"
"They had a nice little streak going on the franchise,"
Wallace said, "We gave our people something to hold their head up
about and it gave us a reason to have a little swagger."
Following his 13-point performance against Chicago, O'Neal had
eight points in the first five minutes, but was taken out of the
game with two fouls just two minutes later.
"After last night, I was trying to be more aggressive, and I
ended up with some fouls," O'Neal said.
The Lakers led 29-18 -- their largest lead -- after the opening
Detroit tied the game midway through the second, and led 49-45
There were nine ties and four lead changes in a third quarter
which ended with the Pistons ahead 74-69.
The Lakers, who played the second game of a season-long
six-game road trip, are 11-18 on the road. They are 5-8 this season
on the second night of back-to-back games. ... The Pistons are 13-0
at home when scoring at least 100. ... Wallace, the league's
leading rebounder, surpassed the 20-rebound mark for the ninth
time. ... Detroit Lions coach Steve Mariucci and chief executive
Matt Millen attended the game as guests of Pistons president Joe