NBA Game Summary - Charlotte at Detroit
(Friday, November 24th)
Final Score: Detroit 104, Charlotte 95
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Rip Hamilton scored 26 points and Tayshaun Prince added 21 to help the Detroit Pistons pull away from the Charlotte Bobcats, 104-95.
Detroit sealed the game in the fourth quarter, outscoring Charlotte 30-23 to put away a Bobcats team that held a four-point lead with just over nine minutes left in the game.
"In the fourth quarter we were getting the ball to the right people," said Pistons head coach Flip Saunders. "We're executing a lot, we're getting good shots and we're getting aggressive in the fourth quarter and getting to the free throw line."
Six Bobcats hit double figures in points, led by Emeka Okafor, who scored 23 and grabbed 12 rebounds. Brevin Knight scored 16 and doled out nine assists, and Matt Carroll added a season-high 16 for Charlotte, which has lost three of four. Adam Morrison scored 13 points, and Gerald Wallace added 12 on the night.
Rasheed Wallace scored 19 and pulled down nine rebounds for Detroit, which has won five in a row. Chauncey Billups finished one point shy of a double-double, with nine points and 10 assists.
A Raymond Felton jumper gave the Bobcats an 82-78 lead with 9:01 left in the game, but Detroit took control with a 13-3 run, punctuated by a Carlos Delfino dunk that put the Pistons up 91-85 with 5:25 left in the fourth quarter. Felton scored 11 points on the night.
A Knight jumper cut the Detroit lead to four, but the Pistons answered with four straight and hit their free throws down the stretch to hold on.
"We made some critical mistakes," said Bobcats head coach Bernie Bickerstaff. "We had some shots that weren't the best and we turned the ball over in critical times."
The youthful Bobcats ran out to an early lead in the game, with Felton and Morrison combining to score the game's first seven points. Prince finally broke through for Detroit, hitting a jumper with 9:37 left in the first quarter that made it 7-2. The Pistons battled back into the game, and the home team ended the first quarter with slim 30-27 lead.
Prince scored the first four of the second quarter, slamming home an alley-oop from Hamilton to put Detroit up 34-27 barely two minutes into the quarter. The Bobcats would not go away quite so easily, though, and an Okafor jump shot with three seconds remaining cut the Pistons lead to 52-29 at the end of the first half.
The Bobcats have never won in Detroit, losing all four games there in franchise history...Detroit hit 16-of-17 free throws, shooting at a 94.1 percent clip.
11/25 00:12:34 ET