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BOBCATS END MODEST PISTON WIN STREAK.....Charlotte 99, PISTONS 95, Sa 4/10/10
Posted on: 04-11-2010

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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.

QUOTEBOOK...

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
and out."

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."

OVERTIME:

    Detroit's starting backcourt of Rip Hamilton (ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (rib)
remained sidelined.
    The Pistons host Toronto Monday night in Detroit's home finale, then close the
season Wednesday night at Minnesota.

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