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Detroit extend streak to seven
Chris Webber scores 19 points as the Pistons beat the Clippers.
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2007 08:47 GMT

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Detroit Pistons forward Chris Webber scored 19 points and pulled down nine rebounds as his team took their winning run to seven games with a 92-74 win over the Los Angeles Clippers in Detroit on Monday.
Shooting guard Richard Hamilton netted 15 points and forward Tayshaun Prince added 14, as the Pistons came within one game of tying their season-high eight-game winning streak set from December 17 to January 1.

"It feels good (winning), and if you look at our losses you'll see how close they were," Webber said.

"I'm excited, but we can do better. I'm excited about our potential, but potential means nothing."

Webber signed from the Philadelphia 76ers on January 16 for the remainder of the NBA season, and Detroit have since had a win/loss record of 11-3.

"He (Webber) is aggressive," Prince said.

"There was a period there where he was just attacking the basket, making plays, going to the offensive glass. 

"There was a point in the game where he took over and made great decisions."

The home side took control of the match in the third quarter with a 15-3 run to go out to a 58-41 lead, with Webber contributing eight points during the scoring spree.

Tough run for Clippers

Cuttino Mobley, Clippers guard, scored 17 points and centre Chris Kaman added 13 and nine rebounds for Los Angeles, which finished just 2-5 on its seven-game East Coast road trip.

"This is the longest trip of the year, and we wanted it to turn out better than it did," Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy said.

"There were a couple games on the trip that we played against teams that we felt we could beat, but we didn't get the job done."

The Clippers were without Elton Brand, their leader in scoring, rebounds and blocks, who missed the game due to back spasms.

Other action

In other matches on Monday, Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony sat out most of the fourth quarter, but still managed to score 28 points against the Golden State Warriors in a 123-111 Nuggets win in Denver.

The Utah Jazz also had a big home win, thrashing the Atlanta Hawks 102-76 with centre Mehmet Okur top-scoring for the Jazz with 19 points.

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