THE PISTONS'S RUN

The DETROIT PISTONS seem well set to match the Chicago Bulls' decade old record of 70-plus victories in a single NBA season

All eyes are on the Detroit Pistons. Looking sharper and fitter under new coach Flip Saunders, the team appears to be well on way to emulating the Chicago Bulls' feat in 1995-96 when it became the first outfit in the NBA League to score 70 or more victories in a single season.

The Bulls, with Michael Jordan in their ranks, posted 72 victories against 10 losses on way to clinching the first of their three successive titles. So far this season, the Pistons have been on course, matching the Bulls' run in 1995-96. Through 37 games so far this season, the Pistons' record book reads 32-5 on win-loss compared with the Bulls' 34-3 at the same stage a decade ago. They have another 45 games to go and according to some NBA observers the Pistons could win a total of at least 71 games if they maintain the same run of form.

Going by the Pistons' performance in the last five games (they outplayed Bobcats 114-91; bludgeoned Hawks 117-89; swamped Knicks 105-79 and pulled off nerve-wracking wins against Boston Celtics and San Antonio Spurs) indications are that they are in pace with the Bulls.