Friday , Jan , 05 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Pistons hammer Hornets

Oklahoma City, OK (Sports Network) – Richard Hamilton scored 27 points, 17 in
the first quarter alone, and the Detroit Pistons routed the hurting New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, 92-68.

Tayshaun Prince scored 15 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who
snapped a three-game losing skid with the win. Carlos Delfino scored 13 points
for Detroit, and Jason Maxiell added 12 points.

Jannero Pargo led the Hornets with 16 points and eight rebounds, but couldn’t
prevent their third straight defeat, and their sixth in seven games. Desmond
Mason scored 15 points for the Hornets, and Devin Brown added 14 points and
eight rebounds off the bench. Tyson Chandler only managed three points, but
did rake in 16 rebounds for the Hornets.

New Orleans/Oklahoma played without Chris Paul, who sat with a sprained right
ankle, and continued to miss Peja Stojakovic and David West, who are
recovering from back and elbow surgery, respectively.

The Hornets cut to within 77-63 on a Cedric Simmons alley-oop dunk early in
the fourth quarter, but the Pistons responded with an 11-0 run that put the
game away.

Hamilton went off in the first quarter, and put away the Hornets in the
process. A Marc Jackson fadeaway brought the Hornets to within 13-12 with just
over six minutes left, but the Pistons closed the quarter on an 18-7 stretch.
Hamilton scored 11 points on the run, giving him 17 in the first quarter which
closed with the Pistons holding a 31-19 advantage.

A Bobby Jackson driving layup brought the Hornets to within 36-23 with just
over nine minutes left, but the Pistons closed the half with a 22-9 stretch,
taking a 58-32 halftime lead that the Hornets never threatened in the second

Hamilton only scored five points in the second half, but it was no matter as
the Hornets could never get their offense on track.

The Hornets outscored the Pistons 24-13 in the third quarter, but still
trailed 72-55 entering the final 12 minutes.

Detroit’s bench player’s made the most of their extended blowout time in the
fourth quarter. Delfino scored nine of Detroit’s last 11 points, as the
Pistons cruised to the 24-point win.

Game Notes

This was the Hornets’ lowest offensive output of the season…The Hornets shot
only 33 percent from the field, and 28.6 percent (4-of-14) from behind the
arc…Detroit made 18-of-23 free throws (78.3 percent), while the Hornets only
attempted nine free throws in the game, sinking six of them (66.6 percent).