AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Grabbing 21 rebounds didn't tire out
After pulling down at least 20 rebounds for the first time this
season in Detroit's 87-73 victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday
night, Wallace was putting himself through a strenuous
"I still had a lot of energy left," he said. "I knew that if
I didn't burn it off, I wouldn't be able to sleep tonight."
Wallace's work ethic rubbed on off his teammates, as he was just
one of three Pistons to finish with a double-double. Mehmet Okur
had 17 points and 12 rebounds, while Tayshaun Prince had 13 points
and a career-high 11 rebounds. Wallace scored 10 points.
"Ben was great, but Mehmet looked like Bill Russell or Wilt in
the first quarter," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "And Tayshaun
just keeps getting better and better."
Okur started in place of Elden Campbell, who was excused to
attend a family funeral.
Wallace (six) and Okur (five) also combined to block 11 shots.
"It doesn't matter to me if I start or come off the bench,"
Okur said. "I feel like my job is to provide some energy for my
teammates, and I felt I did a good job of that tonight."
Detroit won its fourth straight and sent the Heat to their fifth
straight road loss.
Richard Hamilton had 18 points for Detroit, which had all five
starters in double figures. Miami's Lamar Odom led all scorers with
22, but made just 11 of a career-high 31 field-goal attempts.
"I shot 31 times and went to the line once," he said. "I know
I'm not one of the higher-echelon players in the NBA -- I'm not at
that level -- but I've never guarded a guy that shot the ball 31
times and only went to the line one time."
Dwyane Wade dunked to start the game, but that was Miami's only
lead of the night. The Pistons led 32-18 at the end of the first
"I was very disappointed in our demeanor in the first
quarter," Miami coach Stan Van Gundy said. "I just thought we
stood around and watched. The game really came down to the first
quarter, and you can't say that about many NBA games."
Detroit held a 52-34 edge at the half, making 17 of 20 free
throws to just 1-of-1 for the Heat. Rafer Alston scored eight
straight points, including back-to-back 3-pointers, to keep Miami
close in the third.
The Heat started the fourth with a 7-2 run to cut the lead to
70-64, but the Pistons scored the next eight points.
"We always seem to give the other team a chance," Wallace
said. "Usually we get off to a slow start and then we have to turn
it on at the end. Tonight, we did the opposite -- we got off to a
great start and then lost control a little bit. I guess that's just
the makeup of this team."
Injured Detroit Lions rookie Charles Rogers attended the
game, as did WNBA Rookie of the Year Cheryl Ford. ... Corliss
Williamson and Odom picked up fourth-quarter technical fouls for
arguing a call. ... Detroit is now 5-1 against Miami since the
start of last season. ... Prince's double-double was the first of