Hamilton, Pistons Blast Bobcats at Home
Detroit 114, Charlotte 91
AUBURN HILLS, Michigan, Jan. 14 (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons continue to hammer their opponents at home.
Richard Hamilton scored 19 points and Maurice Evans added a career-high 18 off the bench as the Pistons coasted to an easy 114-91 victory over the slumping Charlotte Bobcats, who have dropped three in a row.
On Saturday, the Pistons shot 53 percent (42-of-78) from the field, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range, as they placed seven players in double figures.
"Most teams that you have, they have one or two go-to guys," Charlotte coach Bernie Bickerstaff said. "They've got a go-to team."
Hamilton scored six points as the Pistons opened a 30-21 advantage after one quarter. They added to their lead with a 13-6 run in the first four minutes of the second period as Evans scored five points.
Hamilton and Chauncey Billups combined for 24 points as Detroit held a commanding 60-43 lead at intermission. The Pistons shot 59 percent (22-of-37), making 5-of-8 from the arc.
"We just wanted to go out there and protect our home court," said Billups, who finished with 13 points. "We knew they played a tough game last night, so we wanted to jump on them early and take care of business."
Charlotte closed within 86-74 with 10:19 left before Detroit scored 14 of the next 20 points over the ensuing 5 1/2 minutes and coasted home.
"You have to play perfect to stay in the game with them," said Charlotte's Bernard Robinson, who scored 11 points. "They're playing at the highest level you can possibly be playing at right now. It's kind of tough for us, especially undermanned, to even try to keep up with their level. I think they just took advantage of every opportunity today."
Antonio McDyess scored a season-high 16 points off the bench and Ben Wallace added 10, 13 rebounds and five blocks for Detroit, which has won three in a row.
"We moved the ball well, had 35 assists, 12 turnovers and rebounded the ball well," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "We had a good overall performance. We had seven guys in double figures, so it was a good performance."
Wallace did give the crowd and his teammates a scare when he fell to the floor late in the first quarter after grabbing a rebound.
"My knee just locked up, my leg got too far in front of me," Wallace said. "It's a small thing to a giant."
Primoz Brezec scored 18 points and Gerald Wallace added 14 and eight rebounds for the Bobcats, who shot 49 percent (37-of-75).
"They don't lay down," Bickerstaff said. "It's not an embarrassment to play against Detroit. They're a very good basketball team."