Saturday , Jan , 14 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons welcome Charlotte to Palace

(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons target their third straight win tonight
when they open a two-game homestand against the Charlotte Bobcats at the
Palace of Auburn Hills.

On Thursday, Rasheed Wallace poured in 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, as
the Pistons swept the season-series with the defending champion San Antonio
Spurs by posting an easy 83-68 win in a rematch of the 2005 NBA Finals at the
AT&T Center.

Richard Hamilton added 22 points and six assists while Tayshaun Prince had 13
points and grabbed 12 rebounds for Detroit, which has won four of five and 13
of its last 15 games overall.

Chauncey Billups contributed nine points and handed out a game-high 14 helpers
in the emphatic win.

The Pistons should have guard Carlos Arroyo back in the lineup after he served
a one-game suspension stemming from an incident that occurred in Tuesday
night’s win over New Orleans/Oklahoma City.

Detroit, which will close its stand versus Boston on Monday, is an impressive
14-2 in its arena this season.

Charlotte, meanwhile, suffered its second straight loss on Friday, as it was
edged at home by the Milwaukee Bucks, 103-102.

Gerald Wallace filled the stat sheet with 21 points, 15 rebounds, a career-
high eight steals and four blocks in the loss. Raymond Felton totaled 19
points for the Bobcats, who have dropped six of their last seven games.

Wallace’s eight steals were an NBA season high and three shy of the league
record held by Larry Kenon and Kendall Gill.

Keith Bogans had 16 points and Jumaine Jones added 13 in defeat.

Playing without six players, including three starters, Charlotte managed to
overcome an18-point second-quarter deficit. The Bobcats actually had a shot to
win the game at the end, but Jones missed a jump shot, Matt Carroll’s three
hit the front rim and Jones’ desperation heave at the buzzer hit the

Charlotte was without reigning Rookie of the Year Emeka Okafor (ankle), Brevin
Knight (back), Kareem Rush (finger), Melvin Ely (ankle), Sean May (knee) and
Jake Voskuhl (ankle).

Knight will be a game-time decision tonight, while the others are expected to
remain sidelined.

The Bobcats are a dismal 4-15 away from home this season.

Detroit defeated Charlotte earlier in the season, but surprisingly dropped two
of three to the expansion Bobcats last season. The Pistons were one of just
four teams who dropped a season-series to Charlotte in its first year.