Pistons Take Down Warriors

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Tayshaun Prince scored 23 points and Antonio McDyess had 14 points and 11 rebounds as the Detroit Pistons beat the Golden State Warriors 109-87 on Sunday.
The Pistons have won nine of 11.
Chauncey Billups added 19 points for the Pistons, while Richard Hamilton had 13 points and six assists.
Stephen Jackson was the only Warrior to reach double figures, but he scored nine of his 13 points in the first quarter. Golden State's leading scorer, Baron Davis, finished with two points on 1-of-8 shooting.
The Pistons took over with a 28-5 run that consumed most of the second quarter. Jason Maxiell scored the first five points, including two dunks, and Prince later had nine points in just over two minutes.
Hamilton's buzzer-beating jumper gave Detroit a 58-35 halftime lead. McDyess had 12 points and nine rebounds in the half for the Pistons, while Prince scored 13.
The game started at 9:30 a.m. California time, and the Warriors seemed to come awake at the half, scoring 32 points in the third quarter.
Detroit still led 87-67 going into the fourth behind 11 points from Billups and 10 more from Prince. The Warriors never got closer than 19 in the final quarter.
The period did provide one highlight: Maxiell's missed dunk that bounced 20 feet straight up into the air. Rookie Arron Afflalo, who had passed up his own shot to feed Maxiell on the break, was greeted by a rain of towels by his laughing teammates during an ensuing timeout.
NOTES: The Palace was mostly empty at game time, thanks to a major snowstorm that hit Detroit on Sunday. There was a second-quarter video "Thank You" to the fans that did attend, and the mascot was later shown cleaning off cars in the parking lot. ... Primoz Brezec and Walter Herrmann, acquired in Friday's trade with Charlotte, were with the team for the first time. Herrmann was inactive, while Brezec played the final six minutes. ... Rasheed Wallace picked up a third-quarter technical for arguing a call.


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