Pistons handle Pacers

Posted: Friday, January 28, 2005

INDIANAPOLIS — Chauncey Billups scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince had 16 points and seven rebounds as the Detroit Pistons used a balanced scoring attack to defeat the Indiana Pacers 88-76 Thursday night.

It was the second meeting between the teams since Nov. 19, when Pacers players brawled with Pistons fans after Ben Wallace shoved Ron Artest. Both games have been in Indianapolis, and both times the Pistons have won.

The teams face each for the last time in the regular season March 25 at Detroit. That will be Indiana's first trip back to the Palace of Auburn Hills since the fight.

Detroit won its second straight after losing four in a row, while Indiana has lost three straight and five of seven. The Pacers dropped under .500 for only the second time this season.

Bulls 101, Bobcats 93

CHICAGO — Jannero Pargo scored all 14 of his points in the fourth quarter and Andres Nocioni added 17 points off the bench as Chicago got 63 points from its reserves.

Eric Piatkowski added 16 points for Chicago, which extended its winning streak to five games. The Bulls have won 12 of their last 13 games and eight straight at home.

The Bobcats have dropped 10 straight and have the NBA's worst road record, 1-18. They have lost 16 of 17 overall since winning three of four games from Dec. 14-22.

It was the first meeting between former college teammates Emeka Okafor and Ben Gordon, who led Connecticut to the 2004 national championship and were taken with the second and third picks in the NBA draft, but neither stood out. Gordon spent the entire second half on the bench, and Okafor was held to four points.

Spurs 90, Kings 80

SAN ANTONIO — Manu Ginobili scored 25 points and Tim Duncan added 20 for the San Antonio Spurs, who fended off a late rally.

Sacramento, which lost to San Antonio by 30 points at home Sunday, made it more of a contest despite playing without Peja Stojakovic, who sat out with back spasms.

The Kings cut San Antonio's lead to 78-77 when Chris Webber stole the ball and passed to Brad Miller for a layup with 5:06 left. The Spurs then went on an 8-0 run as Robert Horry made three free throws, Bruce Bowen hit a 3-pointer and Duncan worked inside for a layup.

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