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Hamilton leads balanced attack as Pistons top Bobcats

Jan 25, 2007 - 4:17 AM CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons might be starting to get their swagger back.

Richard Hamilton scored 22 points to lead all five starters in double figures as the Pistons posted a 103-92 victory over the lowly Charlotte Bobcats.

Rasheed Wallace scored 20 points and Chris Webber chipped in 19 for Detroit, which captured its first three-game winning streak since December.

"We're getting better," Pistons guard Chauncey Billups said. "We're a long way from where we need to be. A month ago, six weeks ago we would have lost this game. We're coming around."

Webber was been a huge boost for Detroit since signing for the rest of the season on January 16, averaging 12 points and seven rebounds in four games.

"I'm getting more comfortable and playing with really good players so I think it's only going to get better," Webber said.

"We're getting closer," Wallace said. "When Chris gets to know the plays down pat then we'll be alright. I'm comfortable playing with him and all our bigs because they all know defense. They know how to play with another big and that's a positive."

Late in the fourth quarter, Tayshaun Prince had his hand in seven straight points for Detroit during a 10-4 surge. His 3-pointer from the top of the key gave the Pistons a 94-86 lead with 2:19 left.

"We were trying to make them make a play," said Billups, whose 3-pointer sparked the run. "They switched and I hit the three and we just kept making them make a play."

"They kept finding the mismatches with Prince and Wallace," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "They were scoring and we tried to switch to a zone, but they found the open areas. They are a veteran team that is very composed and found the weak spots in whatever were doing defensively."

Charlotte did not challenge thereafter as Wallace, Hamilton and Prince combined to sink 9-of-10 free throws over the final 1 1/2 minutes to secure the win.

Gerald Wallace had 29 points and 11 rebounds and Emeka Okafor added 17 and 16 for the Bobcats, who shot 45 percent (33-of-72) from the field and committed 17 turnovers.

"I'd rather take a win than have as many points as I did," said Gerald Wallace, who made 11-of-22 shots. "This was a tough game but it is one we could have won."

A 6-7 swingman, Wallace has scored in double figures in each of his last four games since returning from a shoulder injury on January 19.

"Gerald tried his best to put us on his back early in the game," Bickerstaff said. "I was really impressed with him. I was really pleased that he was willing to step up and put us on his back. He just does what Gerald does; he plays hard and with effort."








  • NBA
    FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 20 25 26 32 103
    CHARLOTTE 23 21 21 27 92 FINAL

    HIGH SCORERS: DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 22, RASHEED WALLACE 20,
    CHRIS WEBBER 19
    CHA - GERALD WALLACE 29, EMEKA OKAFOR 17,
    RAYMOND FELTON 17

    Jan 24 9:30 PM


  • NBA
    END 3RD QTR 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 20 25 26 71
    CHARLOTTE 23 21 21 65 END 3RD QTR
    HIGH SCORERS AFTER 3RD QUARTER
    DET - RICHARD HAMILTON 18, CHRIS WEBBER 17,
    CHAUNCEY BILLUPS 10
    CHA - GERALD WALLACE 24, EMEKA OKAFOR 11, SEAN
    MAY 10

    Jan 24 8:51 PM


  • NBA
    HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    DETROIT 20 25 45
    CHARLOTTE 23 21 44 HALFTIME
    HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
    DET - CHRIS WEBBER 10, RICHARD HAMILTON 10,
    TAYSHAUN PRINCE 6
    CHA - GERALD WALLACE 16, RAYMOND FELTON 9,
    SEAN MAY 8

    Jan 24 8:09 PM