Saturday , Mar , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Bobcats welcome Pistons to town

(Sports Network) – The Charlotte Bobcats attempt to halt a three-game losing
streak tonight, as they host the always tough Detroit Pistons.

This is the fourth and final meeting of the season between the clubs. The
Pistons won the three previous contests in the campaign and four of the
six contests in the series.

Charlotte plays the first of a brief two-game homestand. On Wednesday, All-
Star Gilbert Arenas scored 34 points as the Washington Wizards defeated the
Bobcats, 107-99, at the Verizon Center.

Jumaine Jones led the Bobcats with 25 points and eight rebounds in the loss to
Washington. Bernard Robinson scored a career-high 21 points off the bench for
Charlotte, which has dropped five of its last six games overall. Kareem Rush
scored 15 points and Jake Voskuhl grabbed 10 boards.

The Bobcats are 12-20 at home this season. They are scheduled to host Dwight
Howard and the Orlando Magic on Tuesday at Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

Detroit, meanwhile, will conclude a brief three-game road trip tonight at
Charlotte Bobcats Arena.

On Friday night, the Pistons had their two-game winning streak halted with a
105-103 loss to the New York Knicks. Chauncey Billups had 24 points and seven
rebounds for the Pistons, who are 1-1 on the trip. They beat Toronto to open
the swing.

The Pistons, seeded No. 1 in the Eastern Conference, are 2-4 in their last six
road games and 23-11 as the visitor this season. Their magic number to clinch
the Central is two.

Detroit head coach Flip Saunders is three wins shy of tying Larry Brown for
the best record by a first-year Pistons coach. Brown compiled a 54-28 record
in 2003-04.