"When the Pistons got unruly and started cursing at the
officials, they started getting calls," Rose said. "At one point,
Hamilton cursed at the officials and got three straight calls.
"They had three guys shoot about 40 free throws, and none of
them were post-up players. I didn't understand that."
The Pistons were 32-of-41 at the free throw line, and Toronto
Detroit won without its leader on the floor, and thousands of
Ben Wallace was ejected late in the first half for arguing with
an official about a call, then lightly kicking the basketball down
the court. He was upset about a charge call.
The start was delayed because the officials arrived late after
being caught in the snowstorm. It took them more than four hours to
drive from the airport, a trip that usually takes about an hour.
The Palace is often filled for home games, but the heavy
snowfall left the upper deck almost empty and the lower level with
several patches of empty seats.
One fan held a sign that read: "We Risked Our Lives To See Win
The game marked the first time O'Neill faced the Pistons, with
whom he was an assistant on former coach Rick Carlisle's staff the
previous two seasons.
Okur's previous career high was a 22-point game against the
Los Angeles Lakers last season. ... Detroit has not lost since Dec.
26 against New Jersey. ... In the first quarter, Marshall grabbed
nine rebounds, one short of the team record for a period, and had a
double-double just a few minutes into the second quarter. ...
Pistons reserve Corliss Williamson scored 14 points, and Billups