AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - The Detroit Pistons moved a step closer to earning home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Chauncey Billups had 14 points and 12 assists, directing a balanced attack that gave Detroit an 87-82 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday.
The Pistons have won four of five to maintain their cushion over Chicago and Cleveland - which has lost seven of 12 - for the best record in the conference.
Detroit led by 10 early in the fourth quarter, but held off the charging Cavs late in the game.
Billups made go-ahead free throws with 1:29 left, then assisted on Antonio McDyess' dunk on Detroit's next possession. Unlike in the previous meeting, the Pistons kept LeBron James in
check. He had 20 points on 5-of-16 shooting, six assists, five turnovers and five rebounds.