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'Sheed has double-double vs. former team

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- It was classic 'Sheed.

Showing flashes of what made him both loved and hated in
Portland, Rasheed Wallace had 12 points and 10 rebounds and the
Detroit Pistons beat his former team, the Trail Blazers, 103-93
Tuesday night.

Afterward, Wallace dutifully answered questions from the Detroit
media, but ignored Portland-based reporters. He kept his hand -- the
one with the championship ring he earned after being traded away by
the Blazers last season -- at his chin and cheek for the benefit of
cameras.

"I knew they were going to come hard at me and vice versa,"
Wallace said. "I was concentrating on -- I just wanted to go full
speed at these guys -- for personal reasons."

Richard Hamilton had 20 points and nine assists for the Pistons,
who have won a season-high eight in a row and 13 of their last 14.

Damon Stoudamire had 19 points for Portland, which has lost
seven of its last nine with the two wins coming against Charlotte
and Atlanta -- the worst teams in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit, which led by as many as 17 points, opened by hitting
its first 10 shots from the floor.

But it was mostly about Wallace, who even threw in a technical
foul for old time's sake.

When Tayshaun Prince had an alley-oop layup that made it 34-21
early on, an animated Wallace taunted his old coach as he ran back
down the floor.

"Timeout Cheeks!" he shouted.

Portland coach Maurice Cheeks rolled his eyes.

"Rasheed was psyched up for the game and had a great start,"
Prince said. "He made some big shots, some big 3s early for us."

It was Wallace's second trip back to the Rose Garden since the
Trail Blazers traded him to Atlanta a little more than a year ago.
He played one game for the Hawks before he was dealt to Detroit.

His 7½-years in Portland were rocky. Although he was well-liked
among his teammates, he had a strained relationship with the local
media, often answering questions with the stock answer: "Both
teams played hard."

Wallace also had a temper. He broke his own NBA record with 41
technical fouls during the 2000-01 season, and then was suspended
for seven games two seasons ago for threatening an official on the
Rose Garden loading dock.

He had a love-hate relationship with the fans, which was evident
Tuesday night when he was introduced to a balanced greeting of boos
and cheers.

Earlier as he arrived at the Rose Garden, he made good on a
promise made two days earlier to show off his NBA championship
ring, glinting on his finger. A Blazer employee innocently asked to
see it, oblivious to Wallace's remarks.

"The first thing that I'm going to do tomorrow morning, before
practice, after breakfast, is go to the jewelry store that I know
close to the hotel and get that thing buffed up and shined real
good and just flash it off to all of them out there for all those
people who said I was a cancer," he said after Detroit's 94-88
victory over Golden State.

Treating the fans to a bit of the temperamental forward they
came to know so well, Wallace was called for a technical foul in
the third quarter.

He played it up to the crowd, pointing skyward at the video
scoreboard for a replay of the foul he argued.

When he left the game with about a minute left and five fouls,
Wallace said to the crowd: "Everybody applaud and leave."

But after the game, he warmly embraced Ruben Patterson, then
threw an arm around Cheeks and walked with him through the tunnel
leading to the Blazers' locker room.

"I'm really happy for Rasheed. He was one of my favorite guys
here and I'm happy that he got himself a championship and that he's
playing on a team with a chance to win another one," Cheeks said.

After leading 60-50 at the half, the Pistons went up 75-58 on
Hamilton's jumper midway through the third.

The Blazers narrowed it to 85-78 on Zach Randolph's reverse
layup early in the fourth, then Patterson's layup got Portland to
within 94-87 with 3:45 to go. That was a close as it would get.<

^Notes:@ The Pistons were 9-1 in February, their best record for
the month since 1990. ... The Pistons were reportedly interested in
former Blazers forward Dale Davis, waived by the New Orleans
Hornets on Tuesday. But published reports have Davis favoring the
Indiana Pacers, although no deal was announced. ... The Blazers won
the first game between the two teams this season, 75-74, at
Detroit.