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Pistons' start among worst in franchise history

The Sports Xchange

--The Pistons' 8-22 record is the second worst in franchise history through 30 games. They were 7-23 during the 1963-64 season and were also 8-22 in 1993-94. They have been 9-21 through 30 games in three seasons (1965-66, 1979-80, 1980-81). Last year, they had a 10-20 record at this point.

--Spurs coach Gregg Popovich revived the Hack-A-Ben strategy for this first time this season. Ben Wallace had attempted just two free throws entering Tuesday's game before Popovich decided to intentionally foul the notoriously poor foul shooter during the late going. Wallace made 3 out of 6 during that stretch and 4-of-8 for the game.

"I hope he won't be mad at me but we'd rather have Ben shoot it than Tayshaun (Prince)," Popovich said. "I think Ben knows that, too, so he won't hate me for that. But he knocked them down, to his credit."

"They stay late, they work hard, they listen to what is being said, and they go out on the floor and do their best to execute what is being taught in the practice facility. The future with this team is bright. I hope to look up one day and see these guys going deep in the playoffs, making a run for the championship." -- Forward/center Ben Wallace, 37, on his current teammates.

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