NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Charlotte
(Saturday, December 17th)
Final Score: Detroit 103, Charlotte 78
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups led a balanced attack with 21 points and 12 assists to pace Detroit past the Charlotte Bobcats, 103-78.
Ben Wallace contributed 13 points, 13 rebounds and four blocked shots for the Pistons, who have won three in a row and nine of their last 10 games. Richard Hamilton ended with 15 points and Tayshaun Prince scored 14 for Detroit, which shot 51.2 percent from the floor and snapped a two-game skid against the Bobcats.
Maurice Evans had 11 points, while Rasheed Wallace added 10 points and 10 boards for Detroit. At 18-3, the Pistons have recorded their best start in franchise history after 21 games.
"I thought we came out with good focus, especially after back-to-back type situations," said Detroit head coach Flip Saunders, whose team won at home against Chicago, 110-82, Friday night. "We came out methodically offensively. Defensively, we ran our swarm-type defense and controlled things."
Primoz Brezec scored 17 points and Emeka Okafor added 14 points and 13 rebounds for Charlotte, which lost for the ninth time in 10 games. The Bobcats, who had just 26 first-half points, shot 35.2 percent from the floor.
Charlotte's 2-0 lead on Okafor's slam was the only time the Bobcats led. Ten straight points by the Pistons pulled them in front 14-4. Ben Wallace and Billups each had three-point plays during the spurt, which was capped by Prince's hook shot.
Detroit led 21-12 after one quarter. A layup by Bernard Robinson cut Charlotte's deficit to 23-17, but the Pistons responded with six straight points and extended to a 49-26 lead at the half.
The Pistons were ahead comfortably the rest of the game and were in front by as many as 27 points. A Ben Wallace slam made the score 95-68 with 5:19 remaining in the contest.
"I would like to apologize," Brezec said. "The whole team ought to apologize to our fans. We didn't put up a fight tonight. It was embarrassing."
Billups was 8-of-12 from the field...Brevin Knight was held to 1-of-7 shooting and five points for Memphis, but he did have eight assists...Kareem Rush was 3-of-14 shooting and had seven points for the Grizzlies...The Pistons had nine blocks in the game...Memphis head coach Bernie Bickerstaff was ejected with 1:59 left in the half.
12/17 23:33:04 ET