Originally created 01/17/04

Pistons pound Wizards



AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Detroit Pistons won their 11th straight game Friday night, routing the Washington Wizards 98-77 behind Richard Hamilton's 17 points.

Chauncey Billups added 12 points and 10 assists for the Pistons, who hadn't won 11 in a row since the 1990-91 season.

They can match the franchise record of 13 consecutive wins set in their 1989-90 championship season with victories in Milwaukee on Saturday and at home against San Antonio on Sunday.

Tayshaun Prince added 16 points for the Pistons, and Mehmet Okur had 13 points and nine rebounds.

The Wizards have lost 10 straight on the road and five in a row to Detroit.

Juan Dixon, who didn't score in the first three quarters, led Washington with 14 points. Kwame Brown added 13.

Washington led early, but the Pistons took control with a 13-0 run early in the second quarter. Chucky Atkins had five points during the surge, which gave Detroit a 31-23 lead, and Corliss Williamson added four.

Detroit led 49-35 at halftime, outshooting the Wizards 45.5 percent to 34.2 percent. Hamilton scored 12, and Prince added 10.

The Pistons quickly moved the margin out of reach in the third quarter and led by as many as 30 down the stretch.

Darko Milicic, the No. 2 overall pick in last year's draft, entered for Detroit with 8:55 left and finished with three rebounds and an assist in nine scoreless minutes.

Notes: The Wizards signed F Torraye Braggs to a 10-day contract. Braggs, who played 11 games for Houston earlier this season, was playing for Yakima in the CBA. ... Washington F Christian Laettner sat out the third game of his five-game suspension for a substance-abuse violation. ... The Pistons also had a 12-game winning streak in 1990.