Charlotte Bobcats (8-24) at Detroit Pistons (13-22), 7:30 p.m.
(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons look to extend their season-best
winning streak to five games Sunday when they host the Charlotte Bobcats at
The Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons are playing great basketball and have won six of their last seven
games. The only blemish during that time was a 126-119 double-overtime
heartbreaker in Atlanta to the Hawks.
On Friday, Detroit exacted a little revenge against those same Hawks with an
85-84 victory in The Palace. It was not a pristine win. The Pistons took an
83-66 lead with eight minutes to go in the contest, scored only two points the
rest of the way, but hung on for the victory.
In their last eight games, the Pistons have dominated the interior. They are
outrebounding teams by an average of 12.8 per game and outscoring them by 11.9
ppg in the paint.
"Each game is a little bit different," said head coach Lawrence Frank. "I
wouldn't say there's one reason, but that's the reason why we've won some of
In that bizarre Hawks victory on Friday, forward Austin Daye led the way with
20 points off the bench. Three Pistons - Greg Monroe, Jason Maxiell and Andre
Drummond - all had nine rebounds or more.
The Bobcats snapped an 18-game losing streak on New Year's Eve in Chicago, but
lost the last time out, a 106-104 defeat, at home to the Cleveland Cavaliers
Kyrie Irving hit a last-second jumper to give the Cavs the victory. Five
Bobcats scored in double-digits, led by 27 off the bench from Ben Gordon and
20 from Ramon Sessions. The reserves tallied 59 points.
Defensively, the Bobcats just didn't get the job done. The Cavaliers shot 50
percent from the field and 44 percent from the 3-point line.
Friday's loss marked the 23rd loss since Thanksgiving, versus just two wins.
It would be easy for things to fall apart for the Bobcats, but there's still
effort every night and the members of the organization know there's nowhere
else to look for answers.
"We can't look external, we have to solve this issue," said head coach Mike
Dunlap. "We're getting quality leadership. We haven't had any disturbances
whatsoever in our locker room. They've been very, very good. They have a way
of looking at the positive as we push through this storm of losing."
The Pistons have won the last five games in this series and the Bobcats are
3-11 in Detroit all-time.
01/06 10:31:05 ET
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