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@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
In what amounted to a two-game
standings swing, the Pistons beat
the Charlotte Bobcats 104-97 Sunday
Will Bynum set a franchise record
with 26-P in the 4th-Qtr, including
Detroit's final 13-P for his career-high of 32-P to carry the Pistons past the
Charlotte entered the contest two games behind Detroit for the final NBA
Eastern Conference playoff position. With the win, the Pistons not only went
3-up on the Bobcats with five to play, Detroit also leap-frogged back over the
Chicago Bulls by a half-game into 7th-seed (next-to-last playoff position) in the
Bynum had to step up for Detroit because Rip Hamilton was ejected at the
end of the 3rd-Qtr on a second technical foul with the Pistons trailing 69-68.
Bynum went 6-for-6 from the field and 14-for-16 from the free throw line to
get 26 of Detroit's 36-P in the final frame.
Bynum's 32-P & 7-A were both game-highs. Tayshaun Prince had 14-P for
Detroit while Hamilton had 13-P before getting excused early. Rasheed Wallace
(back in the starting line-up) and reserve Aaron Afflalo both had 12-P.
D.J. Augustin had 14 of Charlotte's 28-P in the 4th-Qtr and finished with a
team-high 22-P. Raymond Felton added 18-P while Boris Disaw & Emeka Okafor
both scored 14-P. Okafor pulled down a game-high 16-RB.
From an early Charlotte 10-2 lead to a 17-P Detroit margin just before halftime
the game became a dogfight after intermission.
PISTONS H-COACH MICHAEL CURRY: "The thing that causes this team (Charlotte) the
most problems, is dribble penetration...When we got Will back in the game, he made it
difficult for them to go back into the zone. He just kept attacking pick-and-roll situations.''
PISTONS GD WILL BYNUM: "We definitely needed that game. It doesn't matter to me. I
could have sat on the bench and scored two points and I still would have been up cheering,
trying to get this win. If we got the win, I'd be satisfied no matter what happened...When
Rip went out I just felt the coaching staff put the ball in my hands to make a lot more plays
and I tried to do that, trying to get the win.”
PISTONS FWD TAYSHAUN PRINCE: ""He was getting to the foul line and making plays.
He pretty much just won the game for us with his decision-making.''
BOBCATS H-COACH LARRY BROWN: "We just have to execute better. We had some
really bad turnovers late, and when you have some empty possessions late in the game,
you don't have time to overcome that."
BOBCATS GD RAYMOND FELTON: "We had a chance to win the game and they made a
lot of shots. When Will Bynum got hot, he started hitting shots and started getting
and-ones; I don’t think that he missed a free throw. It is tough to win a game like that.”
Isiah Thomas (twice, in 1983 vs Atlanta and in 1989 vs Philadelphia) and Jerry
Stackhouse (vs Chicago in 2001) co-held the previous Piston record for 24-P in a
Detroit defeated Charlotte 3-1 in the season series.
The Bobcats have never reached post-season and the Pistons are seeking an
eighth straight playoff appearance.
Charlotte GD Raja Bell sat out with a calf injury.
Detroit visits the New York Knicks Wednesday night.
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