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Bulls lose third in a row

2/26/2004

CHICAGO (AP) -- Ben Wallace understands the importance of Rasheed
Wallace, though he wasn't about to give him all the credit
Wednesday night.

Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Rasheed Wallace added 15
points and seven rebounds to lead the Detroit Pistons past the
Chicago Bulls 107-88.

Chauncey Billups had 14 points and Ben Wallace had 13 points and
eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have beaten the Bulls eight
straight times.

"It's one of those games where we all had pretty solid games.
It wasn't his (Rasheed) game or anyone's game. We just had a team
that we needed to put away and we did," Ben Wallace said.

Chicago has lost three straight and five of seven and is tied
with Orlando for the fewest wins in the NBA -- 16.

Detroit closed the second quarter with a 13-3 run for a 51-43
lead. Ben Wallace had a three-point play and Corliss Williamson hit
a jumper as time expired in the quarter.

The Pistons had six players in double figures.

"That's the type of team we have. We don't ask one guy to carry
this team. Everybody is capable of stepping up and carrying their
own weight," Ben Wallace said.

Tayshaun Prince, trying to convert a three-point play, missed
the free throw, but Eddy Curry was talking with an official and
forgot to block out, allowing Rasheed Wallace an easy putback to
extend Detroit's lead to 60-50 with 9:19 left in the third quarter.

Detroit extended its lead on Rasheed Wallace's alley-oop dunk
from Prince to make it 92-73 with 8:00 left in the game -- a play
that sent Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf, who was in attendance,
out of his suite.

"This is a game, where obviously as a coach, you wonder why you
ever worked on anything because so much we worked on, seemed to be
getting good at, we just couldn't accomplish today," Bulls head
coach Scott Skiles said.

Prince had 13 points and six rebounds for Detroit and Elden
Campbell added 10.

Billups had 12 first-half points for Detroit. Curry scored 12 in
the half for Chicago and finished with 19 points after fouling out
with 8:43 left.

"We got some guys in foul trouble, when you have our big man
foul out with nine minutes left to go in the game, that's a serious
blow," Jerome Williams said.

Kirk Hinrich had 14 points and Williams and Antonio Davis both
had 13 for Chicago.

Game notes
Pistons head coach Larry Brown and general manager Joe
Dumars have discussed the possibility of reacquiring guard Lindsey
Hunter. Hunter was placed on waivers by the Celtics. Brown is
bothered by the lack of depth at the guard position after waiving
Hubert Davis and dealing Bobby Sura, Chucky Atkins and Hunter to
Boston. "Right now, we have three guards and Mike (James) is
scared to death, so much has come at him. At least, Lindsey has
some familiarity, he will give us some defensive presence that
Bobby (Sura) gave us. So, I would hope so," Brown said before the
game. ... Pistons forward Mehmet Okur missed the game with lower
back spasms. ... The Bulls have lost eight straight home games to
Detroit. ... The sellout crowd of 19,814 was left chanting, "We
want Darko (Milicic)." The fans got their wish, the little used
Milicic played the final three minutes of the game.