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Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Detroit matched its best start since its first championship season.

Tayshaun Prince and Rasheed Wallace added 14 points apiece for the Pistons, 8-0 for the first time since 1988-89, when they won the first of back-to-back NBA titles. If Detroit beats Dallas today, the Pistons will match the 1970-71 squad for the best start in franchise history.

Yao Ming scored 20 points to lead the Rockets (3-6), off to their worst start since they opened 2-7 in 1999-00.

Detroit

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24033-857-1212-38172078Prince 43:087-160-00-32114RWallace 36:496-151-21-34414BWallace 37:222-91-47-16115Billups 30:024-103-40-14513Hamilton 37:419-170-01-51319Arroyo 17:581-31-10-0323McDyess 15:121-60-00-4122Evans 16:123-71-13-5118Milicic 5:360-20-00-1010

Percentages: FG .388, FT .583. Three-Point Goals: 5-15, .333 (Billups 2-5, Hamilton 1-1, Evans 1-3, R.Wallace 1-4, Prince 0-2). Blocked Shots: 10 (B.Wallace 4, R.Wallace 4, Milicic 2). Turnovers: 8 (Billups 2, Hamilton 2, B.Wallace, Prince, R.Wallace, Arroyo). Steals: 10 (R.Wallace 3, B.Wallace 2, Prince 2, Arroyo 2, Billups).

Houston

MinFGFTO-TAPFPts.Totals 24027-7013-1713-52141870Bowen 11:311-30-00-0013Howard 22:242-61-12-6005Yao 37:228-144-54-112620Wesley 37:245-82-41-96314McGrady 32:243-160-02-13416Barry 28:452-40-00-1104Anderson 26:120-74-40-1114Mutombo 7:430-20-00-2010Swift 27:305-82-34-90412Head 8:451-20-00-0012

Percentages: FG .386, FT .765. Three-Point Goals: 3-6, .500 (Wesley 2-2, Bowen 1-1, Anderson 0-1, McGrady 0-2). Blocked Shots: 4 (Yao, Howard, Mutombo, Swift). Turnovers: 19 (Yao 9, Wesley 4, Barry 2, Swift 2, Howard, McGrady). Steals: 6 (Yao 2, Anderson 2, Barry, McGrady). Technical Fouls: Mutombo, 10:27 second.

A: 18,189 (17,982). T: 2:22.