Chauncey Billups and Tayshaun Prince struggled offensively Sunday night against the Seattle Supersonics. The two of them combined for only 17 points, but Rip Hamilton made sure that they can secure the 107-103 win against the winless Sonics. Hamilton finished with game high 32 points for the Detroit Pistons. Antonio McDyess finished with a double-double after making 15 points and grabbing 15 rebounds. Rasheed Wallace contributed 15 points while Jarvis Hayes added fourteen points off the bench.
Sonics rookie sensation Kevin Durant continued to struggle from the field. He finished with only 19 points after shooting 7-20 from the filed. Chris Wilcox finished with 15 points and 9 rebounds while Damien Wilkins and Nick Collison contributed 13 points apiece. Rookie Jeff Green was impressive that night as he chipped in 17 points off the bench for the Sonics.
The inexperienced Sonics held the 2-0 advantage early in the first period, but the veteran Pistons started hot and seemed unstoppable. The Detroit squad made 12 of its first 15 shots and led by as many as 17 in the first period. The youth of Sonics was clearly no match against the toughness and experience of Pistons. The game was pulled even by the Sonics at 99 all under three minutes to play, but the Pistons continued to score while the Sonics fumbled in the final two minutes of regulation.
The Detroit Pistons are 5-1 while the Seattle Supersonics are 0-7, the worst start of the franchise.