Chauncey Billups lay sprawled on the floor, left in the dust by Jay Williams's wicked dribbling skills.
But Billups got his revenge, matching his season high with 21 points and drilling a three-pointer with a minute left to seal the visiting Detroit Pistons' 86-76 victory over the Chicago Bulls last night.
"Chauncey was the difference," Detroit Coach Rick Carlisle said. "His floor decisions, his shot-making, his defense were the difference."
Billups got plenty of help. Ben Wallace grabbed 21 rebounds, Richard Hamilton had a career-high nine assists to go with his 20 points and Corliss Williamson added 14 points. After losing three straight, the Pistons have won two in a row.
"It was a big game," said Billups, who scored 10 points in the fourth quarter. "That team's very feisty."
But not quite ready for prime time. This was Chicago's first game on national television this season, and the Bulls responded with 41 percent shooting and 16 turnovers -- 12 in the first half.
* TIMBERWOLVES 113, HAWKS 95: Kevin Garnett had 21 points, 9 assists and 8 rebounds, and Minnesota continued its mastery of visiting Atlanta with its seventh straight victory over the Hawks.
* HORNETS 93, JAZZ 88: Baron Davis hit a three-pointer and converted a three-point play in the final minute as New Orleans opened a seven-game road trip with a win.