"That's the way we are supposed to play," said Wallace, who
also had 12 rebounds. "Now we just have to repeat that performance
Brown had criticized his team for a lack of effort and an
unwillingness to pass the ball, but Detroit finished with eight
blocks, 12 offensive rebounds and a season-best 27 assists.
"We did some good things tonight," Brown said. "It was a good
Ben Wallace only had eight points, but contributed 11 rebounds
and five blocks. His fourth block was the 1,000th with the Pistons.
"I had no idea I was chasing 1,000 tonight or even this
season," he said. "But once I get a chance to sit back and
reflect, I'll probably enjoy it."
Detroit won for the fourth time in five games, while Boston has
won just one of its last five.
"The only way to beat Detroit is to defend them, and we didn't
do that," Boston coach Doc Rivers said.
Rookie Tony Allen led Boston with a career-best 18 points. Jiri
Welsch added 14 points and Paul Pierce had 13.
The Pistons, who had been slumping from the floor in recent
games, shot 50 percent in the first half to lead 53-39. Little-used
Ronald Dupree had 11 points in the half, including four in a 10-0
surge to finish the second quarter.
"That was great," teammate Chauncey Billups said. "Ron's an
energy guy who plays great defense, and we needed it. He was trying
to get offensive rebounds and take things away from them on their
Detroit used an early seven-point run in the third quarter to
blow the game open. The Pistons finished with 32 points in the
period, including 12 from Prince, putting them ahead 85-61 with 12
"The end of the second quarter and the start of the third
really hurt us," Pierce said. "The Pistons almost never score 100
points, but we let them do it. I don't know what it will take, but
we've got to start playing defense as a team again."
Boston used a 17-2 run to pull to 97-88 with 3:27 to go, but
never scored again.
"We went small and got back into the game, but that's just a
gimmick," Rivers said. "You aren't going to actually win many
games that way."
Gary Payton was limited to 20 minutes by a sore left
hamstring. He said after the game that he's not sure of his status
for Monday's home game against New Orleans. ... Dupree, who only
had seven points all season coming into the game, knocked a panel
loose from a backboard-mounted shot clock with an alley-oop dunk
late in the second quarter. The clock was fixed at halftime. ...
Boston is 3-13 at Detroit since 1995-96. ... Detroit's 14-point
halftime lead was their first double-digit advantage after two
quarters in any home game this season. ... Terry Tyler (1,070) is
the only other Piston with 1,000 blocks. ... Ben and Rasheed
Wallace outrebounded the entire Boston starting lineup, 23-20.