Pistons Start Fast, Then Cruise to Win

Big first half from Hamilton, Wallace puts Orlando away early
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2008 7:40 AM CST
Detroit Pistons center Rasheed Wallace reacts to blocking an Orlando Magic shot in the third quarter of NBA action in Auburn Hills, Mich., Jan. 25, 2008. The Pistons won 101-93. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Pistons made 77% of their shots in the first quarter and had a 68-point first half to coast to a 101-93 home victory over Orlando last night. Richard Hamilton's 32 points led the Detroit to the team's second consecutive victory while Chauncey Billups had 21 and Rasheed Wallace 15 before fouling out. The Magic's Dwight Howard had 22 points and 14 rebounds in a losing effort.

Wallace was a force early in the game, scoring seven points in the first 2.5 minutes and making his first five shots overall. Orlando had a 13-0 run in the third quarter—but that only cut the deficit in half. The Magic had a tense moment when guard Keyon Dooling bruised his knee and left the game; he eventually returned.