AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Jan. 12 (Ticker) --
For one night, the Detroit Pistons resembled the team that surprised the NBA in November.
Jerry Stackhouse scored 27 points and Cliff Robinson added 21 as the Pistons produced one of their best all-around games in a 104-76 rout of the Charlotte Hornets.
In the opening month, the Pistons were 10-5 and near the top of the Eastern Conference. Most games featured outstanding defensive efforts and at least four players in double figures.
The quick start carried over to the early weeks of December as Detroit was 14-6 on December 13. But they had lost 10 of 12 entering Saturday's contest.
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Jerry Stackhouse led the Pistons to an easy win with 27 points.
In this one, four players reached double digits as reserves Corliss Williamson
and Damon Jones
chipped in 17 and 12 points, respectively.
Detroit's reserves outscored Charlotte's bench, 41-29, and the Pistons shot 46 percent (37-of-80) en route to their largest victory margin of the season.
Detroit established the tone early as Stackhouse had 16 points and Robinson had 10 in the first half. The Pistons forced 13 turnovers and converted them into 16 points to take a 52-41 lead at intermission.
"It was a great effort by our guys," Pistons coach Rick Carlisle said. "It's been a tough week for us. The energy that those guys played with was really impressive. When you see 27 assists, it means you're moving the ball and playing unselfishly. It was a great game for our guys."
"We were tired after last night," Stackhouse added. "But we still came out with a lot of energy. We knew we needed to get this turned around. It was a great win for us. Everybody knows their roles and what they need to do to get us back on track. We just came out and put it all on the line."
Robinson had 10 points in the first 3:11 of the third period as Detroit took a 62-47 lead. The Pistons built their lead to 72-53 with 4:31 left before going scoreless for 2:15.
The Pistons took a 73-60 lead into the fourth quarter. Midway through the period, Stackhouse's two-handed dunk capped a 20-8 run that pushed the lead to 93-68 with 5:22 to play.
David Wesley led Charlotte with 14 points and Elden Campbell added 11 in 19 minutes. But the Hornets shot under 40 percent (27-of-68).
"They were the more desperate team," Charlotte forward P.J. Brown said. "We didn't match their energy and that's the reason they won the game. I think their bench was a big part of the game. They played very well. They hit big shots and had big defensive plays and definitely stepped up tonight."
Baron Davis, who had a career-high 38 points in Charlotte's 104-96 win here on November 28, managed just 12 points on 4-of-14 shooting.
To halt their slide, the Pistons decided to wear headbands, a gimmick used by the Philadelphia 76ers last week. Jones and Wallace talked Robinson into it and things worked out.
"I certainly didn't know about the headbands," Carlisle said. "But if it's going to get a win, I'll wear a headband. These guys were tired of losing and tired of getting their brains beat in and tired of reading about it and who can blame them?"
The loss came one night after Charlotte had rallied from 17 points down in a 92-91 overtime win over the Los Angeles Clippers for their season-high third consecutive victory.
"When you are fatigued, your concentration goes," Hornets coach Paul Silas said. "But all in all we've had a good stretch. We just have to pick it up and go on from here. At the All-Star break if we're at the .500 mark, I'm happy.
"Our people just didn't have it tonight. You have to be a very talented club to do something like this and we just didn't have enough tonight."