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Saturday, January 14th (All times eastern)

Charlotte Bobcats (11-25) at Detroit Pistons (28-5), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons target their third straight win tonight when they open a two-game homestand against the Charlotte Bobcats at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

On Thursday, Rasheed Wallace poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as the Pistons swept the season-series with the defending champion San Antonio Spurs by posting an easy 83-68 win in a rematch of the 2005 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center.

Richard Hamilton added 22 points and six assists while Tayshaun Prince had 13 points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Detroit, which has won four of five and 13 of its last 15 games overall.

Chauncey Billups contributed nine points and handed out a game-high 14 helpers in the emphatic win.

The Pistons should have guard Carlos Arroyo back in the lineup after he served a one-game suspension stemming from an incident that occurred in Tuesday night's win over New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

Detroit, which will close its stand versus Boston on Monday, is an impressive 14-2 in its arena this season.

Charlotte, meanwhile, suffered its second straight loss on Friday, as it was edged at home by the Milwaukee Bucks, 103-102.

Gerald Wallace filled the stat sheet with 21 points, 15 rebounds, a career- high eight steals and four blocks in the loss. Raymond Felton totaled 19 points for the Bobcats, who have dropped six of their last seven games.

Wallace's eight steals were an NBA season high and three shy of the league record held by Larry Kenon and Kendall Gill.

Keith Bogans had 16 points and Jumaine Jones added 13 in defeat.

Playing without six players, including three starters, Charlotte managed to overcome an18-point second-quarter deficit. The Bobcats actually had a shot to win the game at the end, but Jones missed a jump shot, Matt Carroll's three hit the front rim and Jones' desperation heave at the buzzer hit the backboard.

Charlotte was without reigning Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor (ankle), Brevin Knight (back), Kareem Rush (finger), Melvin Ely (ankle), Sean May (knee) and Jake Voskuhl (ankle).

Knight will be a game-time decision tonight, while the others are expected to remain sidelined.

The Bobcats are a dismal 4-15 away from home this season.

Detroit defeated Charlotte earlier in the season, but surprisingly dropped two of three to the expansion Bobcats last season. The Pistons were one of just four teams who dropped a season-series to Charlotte in its first year.

01/14 10:09:47 ET


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