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>>caption: VILLANUEVA (R) LAUNCHES
OVER B'CAT DERRICK BROWN (#4)<<
@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:
Playing back-to-back home games
for the first time this season the
Pistons won consecutive games for
the first time to even their record at
The Pistons blew the game open
by outscoring the visitors 61-31 in
the 2nd & 3rd-Qtrs and went on to
romp past Charlotte 98-75.
Charlie Villanueva led the way with his
season/game-high of 30-P. Villanueva's
18-P for Detroit in the 3rd-Qtr were easily
more than the dozen the Bobcats combined for as a team. Villanueva grabbed
4-RB, had 2-STL and did not commit a turnover.
Ben Gordon added 22-P and his season/game-high of eight assists, also with
no TOs. Rodney Stuckey and Will Bynum both had 16-P with Bynum getting 9-P in
Charlotte was topped by ex-Piston Nazr Mohammed with 13-P, Gerald Wallace
with 12-P, former Piston Flip Murray with 11-P and Raymond Felton with 10-P.
The Bobcats of ex-Piston head coach Larry Brown have an NBA-low 83.5-PPG
average and fell to 0-4 on the road (3-5 overall).
New Pistons head coach John Kuester won his first game against his mentor.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "They've taken the challenge of allowing me
to coach them. They've bought into it...[Villanueva] was impressive tonight."
PISTONS GD BEN GORDON: "Charlie did a really great job of stretching defense
tonight, making open shots and giving those guys problems. We just wanted to
continue go to him, feed him, and I thought we did a really good job of getting
a ball when he was hot and open."
BOBCATS CEN TYSON CHANDLER: "That's a bad loss. I'm very disappointed because
I don't feel like we should lose to that team in that way."
BOBCATS H-COACH LARRY BROWN: "We just got outcoached. They executed better
than we did, they played smarter than we did, they looked more organized than we
did. They played like a team when we didn't...I'm embarrassed...We turned the ball
over the first play of the game, and we didn't match their effort."
Piston CEN Ben Wallace didn't score, but had a game-high 9-RB.
Rip Hamilton (right ankle) Tayshaun Prince (lower back) remained out injured
for the Pistons.
Detroit's next two games will also be against former Piston head cioaches, Flip
Saunders of Washington and Rick Carlisle of Dallas.
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