The last time these two teams played, the game went to overtime before the Pistons were able to escape with a three-point victory. Unfortunately, there would be no late drama this time, with the Pistons (22-36) pulling away for the 109-85 victory over the Bobcats (7-50) on April 12 at Time Warner Cable Arena.
Charlotte was in the game after a Kemba Walker 3-pointer pulled the Bobcats to within 31-27 with 7:24 in the first half… However, Walker received a technical after the play, and the Pistons went on a 15-1 run to go up 46-28 lead with 3:30 left in the half… The Bobcats would not go away, and closed the second quarter with a 7-0 run to cut the halftime deficit to 52-40… In the third quarter, Detroit caught fire from the field, scoring 40 points in the period to pull away… The lead would extend to 36 points, before the Bobcats used a 14-2 run to make the final score closer.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
Detroit was on fire all night from the court, hitting an outstanding 52.4 percent (43 of 82), while the Bobcats were only able to connect on 44.3 percent (31 of 70)… This high percentage was partially because the Pistons were able to win the battle in the paint, outscoring the Bobcats 56 - 32…. Greg Monroe, with his 11 rebounds, helped the Pistons win the battle on the glass 43-30… The Bobcats were able to find the range from deep, connecting on 6-of-11 from 3-point line.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Derrick Brown is getting extended minutes due to the absence of Corey Maggette and he took advantage of the extra playing time, scoring 13 points and pulling down six rebounds.
DJ White gave the Bobcats a nice lift off the bench, recording 12 points and four rebounds.
PISTONS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Greg Monroe showed why he is an emerging star in the league, finishing the game with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"Right now we just don’t have much experience out there. But when things are not going right and you haven’t been there and you become tougher, that’s a learning experience. It’s not something you can teach right away. I’m not making excuses for these guys, but they are young and they don’t have the experience and a lot of them have not played that long in college or the pros. It’s a struggle, but we are going to keep battling. We are not going to give up."
- Bobcats Head Coach Paul Silas on the Bobcats team
"It’s a tough one. It seems like every game we will be in it or could be in it and then a team just makes a big run and knocks us out and we can’t recover. It’s been the same story all year. It was another tough game."
- Bobcats forward DJ White on the loss to the Pistons
D.J. Augustin was the only other Bobcats player to reach double figures, scoring 12 points… Reggie Williams returned from a four-game absence due to injury for the Bobcats, scoring seven points in 17 minutes of playing time… Corey Maggette (Achilles) and Tyrus Thomas (Knee) did not play in the game, and Maggette will not play the rest of the season.
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