Pistons pump past Hornets

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Antonio McDyess had a season-high 26 points and added 14 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons win their 60th game, beating the New Orleans Hornets 101-93.

The Pistons have won five straight, and need four wins in their final eight games to break the 1988-89 team’s franchise record of 63 wins.

Rasheed Wallace missed the game after picking up an automatic one-game suspension for receiving 16 technical fouls. While McDyess took most of his minutes, it was Dale Davis who started, ending Detroit’s NBA-record streak at 73 straight games with the same lineup.

The Hornets had their three-game winning streak snapped as they lost their fourth in a row to Detroit.

Chauncey Billups scored 22 and Tayshaun Prince added 18 for the Pistons.

David West and Chris Paul led New Orleans with 24 each.

The Pistons had to come from behind in their last three home victories, but had things under control for most of Tuesday night. Detroit outscored the Hornets by identical 26-23 margins in the first two periods, then played a little more defense and held New Orleans to 18 points in the third.

That gave them a 77-64 lead heading into the fourth, and they led by as many as 19 before a Hornets rally cut the deficit to 87-81 with 4 minutes to play.

Tony Delk, though, beat the shot clock with a 3-pointer with 1:21 left to put the game away.

Notes: Pistons president Joe Dumars met with the media before the game to talk about his upcoming induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame. “Not much overwhelms me in life, but Thursday was a pretty overwhelming experience,” he said. “That was an awesome phone call to receive.” … The Hornets were forced to switch to an auxiliary locker room due to a sewer problem. … Counting last year’s playoffs, Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace, Prince, Richard Hamilton and Billups had started 98 straight games. Darko Milicic and Carlos Delfino started in place of Rasheed Wallace and Hamilton in the final regular-season game last year.

AP-ES-04-04-06 2156EDT

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