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>>caption: GORDON (L) AND HUGHES (R)
LED THEIR RESPECTIVE TEAMS IN SCORING<<
@ CHARLOTTE, NC:
The ball wouldn't fall for the Pistons
in the closing moments, but did for the
Bobcats and Charlotte ended Detroit's
three game win string with a 99-95
Saturday night decision.
In a game with nine ties and 12 lead
changes, Charlotte's D.J. Augustin hit a
13-foot fallaway jumper with 1:11 remaining
to put his team ahead to stay 96-95. The
Bobcats then made 3-of-4 free throws in
the last 16-sec.
The Pistons missed all six of their field goal
attempts in the last 54-sec, even though they controlled three offensive rebounds.
Detroit's Ben Gordon was game-high for a second straight southern night with 21-P.
In his second game back from a back injury, Jason Maxiell had 14-P. Will Bynum and Charlie
Villanueva both scored 12-P. Ben Wallace (6-P) grabbed a game-high 10-RB.
A balanced Bobcats offense had six players scoring in double figures, led by reserve
Larry Hughes with 18-P on 6-of-10 shooting including 4-of-6 on 3-point tries. Gerald
Wallace and Stephen Jackson each had 14-P. Augustin had 13-P plus a game-high 9-A.
Tyson Chandler and Stephen Graham both scored 11-P.
The Pistons fell to 9-31 on the road and 26-54 overall with two games (one home,
one away) remaining in the season.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "Larry Hughes had a heck of a game for them."
PISTONS GD BEN GORDON: "This is exactly what we were talking about, just going
out and competing every night, respecting other teams in the playoff hunt and going
out there and challenging them...[His jumper with 17-sec left] felt real good, rattled in
BOBCATS GD LARRY HUGHES: "It's been a crazy year as far as getting in basketball rhythm,
getting in basketball shape [due to shuttling between three different teams and also
sitting out with a broken finger]."
BOBCATS H-COACH LARRY BROWN: "I was in Philly when we drafted [Hughes]. He had a
phenomenal rookie year for me. He's not nearly as athletic as he was then, but where he
was when he came here and where he is now is dramatic."
Detroit's starting backcourt of Rip Hamilton (ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (rib)
The Pistons host Toronto Monday night in Detroit's home finale, then close the
season Wednesday night at Minnesota.
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