NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Charlotte
(Saturday, January 12th)
Final Score: Detroit 103, Charlotte 100 (OT)
Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton scored 26 points and hit the go-ahead baseline jumper with 16.2 seconds remaining in overtime, to lead the Pistons to a 103-100 win over the Charlotte Bobcats.
Hamilton, who dished out eight assists and grabbed seven rebounds, also hit a pair of free throws in the waning seconds to seal Detroit's win.
Chauncey Billups poured in 27 points and doled out seven assists for the Pistons, who have won two straight after dropping the previous two contests. Tayshaun Prince chipped in with 22 points and pulled down seven boards.
Gerald Wallace had 26 points for Charlotte, which has dropped two in a row and five of seven. Jason Richardson scored 20 points and dished out eight assists, while Emeka Okafor and Nazr Mohammed had 19 points apiece. Okafor added 15 boards and Mohammed grabbed 13.
The Bobcats were playing without a true-point guard as they have been plagued with injuries. After Saturday's contest, Derek Anderson missed four straight games with a right knee bruise. Jeff McInnis has a right quad strain he suffered in Friday's 113-106 double-overtime loss to the Cavaliers and Raymond Felton sprained his ankle in that loss.
Mohammed's jumper gave the Bobcats a 100-99 lead with 1:19 left in OT. The Pistons then had two three-point misses and the Bobcats one. The last one coming from Rasheed Wallace of the Pistons, but Hamilton immediately drilled his jumper to give Detroit the lead.
The Bobcats got the ball back and then Richardson received the inbounds pass and threw up a fadeaway shot from the baseline. The ball appeared to be falling short, so Okafor grabbed and tried to redirect the ball. However, basket interference was called and the Pistons were awarded possession.
"The shot was going to fall a little short, we got a hand on it, tipped it toward the basket and to me it's a completely legal play," Bobcats head coach Sam Vincent said.
The Bobcats had no choice but to foul, and when they did, Hamilton drained both shots from the charity stripe with 0.2 seconds left.
"It was a physical game, a tiring game for both teams, but we gutted it out and got the win," Hamilton said.
Prince's hook shot sparked a 13-0 run with just over seven minutes left in the opening frame, the surge put the Pistons up 19-9. Detroit would eventually increase its lead to 31-18 by the end of the first stanza.
Richardson's jump shot capped a 7-0 Charlotte run to start the second quarter, it pulled the Bobcats within 31-25 with just under 10 minutes to play.
Okafor's reverse layup with a shade over four minutes remaining set the tone for a 17-7 Bobcat run. The burst sent the Pistons into the locker room clinging to a 51-47 lead.
Detroit led 75-71 going into the fourth, a period in which the Bobcats wasted an 89-84 lead with 3:22 left.
A Hamilton jump shot and Billups layup pulled the Pistons within one point, 89-88. After Matt Carroll connected on a layup, Billups drained a trey to tie it up at 91 with 1:17 left in regulation.
Both teams were unable to capitalize on their next possession and Detroit was left with the ball with 0.9 seconds left. The inbound was to Billups and he missed a three from the corner, and the game was sent into overtime.
McDyess had 11 rebounds and Wallace 10 points...Carroll had 10 points...The Bobcats won the battle of points in the paint 64-30.
01/12 23:57:57 ET