Charlotte (7-43) appeared to be on their way to the victory as they took a 77-68 into the fourth quarter. Unfortunately, Detroit (19-33) outscored the Bobcats 29-20 in the fourth quarter to send the game to overtime… In the extra frame, two tough breaks went the Pistons way and two late missed threes doomed the Bobcats as Detroit escaped with the 110-107 victory on March 31 in the Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Bobcats were up eight with 2:55 left in the fourth quarter but Detroit responded with a 14-6 run, capped by a Will Bynum 3-pointer to tie the game at 97 with 15 seconds left… The Bobcats drew up a play for the end of regulation and Gerald Henderson was able to get a good look at a layup but it did not fall… In overtime, the Bobcats seemed to get a huge defensive play as Gerald Henderson appeared to get a clean block on Greg Monroe… However, the referees thought differently, calling a foul on Henderson and Monroe hit the two free throws to push the lead to 107-104… A 3-pointer by Reggie Williams cut the lead to 108-107, but after two free throws for the Pistons, the Bobcats missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game.
INSIDE THE BOX SCORE
The Bobcats were not able to rebound the ball very well, getting outrebounded 46-33… Both teams shot the ball well with the Bobcats connecting on 46.5 percent (40 of 86), while the Pistons hit on 51.7 percent (45 of 87)… Points in the paint again hurt the Bobcats, where Detroit was able to outscore the Bobcats, 62-42…Charlotte continues to handle the ball well, dishing out 28 assists, while only turning the ball over 11 times…. Both teams were able to get to the line 22 times. The Bobcats hit 19 of those attempts, while the Pistons hit 16 of their chances.
BOBCATS PLAYERS OF THE GAME
On the night he moved into the starting lineup, Byron Mullens was able to have a big game… Mullens finished the game with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks.
D.J. Augustin was able to find a rhythm early in the game, finishing with a double-double (16 points, 10 assists).
PISTONS PLAYER OF THE GAME
Longtime veteran Tayshaun Prince made the big plays when his team needed them, finishing with 24 points, nine rebounds and four assists.
INSIDE THE LOCKER ROOM
"I'm always on D.J. for being aggressive and he was really aggressive tonight. I thought his pick-and-roll was good, but at times he over dribbled it a little bit, but that's just natural because he's trying to be aggressive so we'll take that sometimes if he's going to be aggressive."
- Assistant Head Coach Stephen Silas on the performance by D.J. Augustin
"The first few minutes we were in a drought. We couldn't get the ball in the hoop. We weren’t really pushing it as fast as we were the first three quarters. I think we were stuck on 80 for a while and then they finally got it going, but it’s something we learn from. We slowed the ball down. We were up; we just got to keep our foot on the pedal."
- Forward Byron Mullens on the fourth quarter
The Bobcats had a very balanced offensive night with six guys in double figures scoring, including all five starters… Corey Maggette was inactive after suffering a strained right Achilles in Friday night’s game vs. Denver… Reggie Williams got the start in his place and scored 15 points to go with six rebounds.
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