Bobcats pounce on Pistons
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Raymond Felton led a balanced Charlotte
attack with 18 points and seven assists, as the defensive-minded Charlotte
Bobcats used a dominating second quarter on the way to a 103-96 victory over
the Detroit Pistons.
Matt Carroll added 17 points and Adam Morrison struck for 16 for the Bobcats,
who outscored the Pistons 27-8 in the second quarter on the way to their 10th
win (10-23) of the season.
Sean May had 14 points for Charlotte, which snapped a two-game skid. The
Bobcats have won two of three meetings with the Pistons this season.
Richard Hamilton had 23 points for Detroit, but he was ejected late in the
fourth quarter after picking up a pair of technicals. Tayshaun Prince tallied
19 points and Ronald Murray 18 for the Pistons, who have lost five of their
last seven games.
Detroit led 27-18 after one quarter, but went 3-of-17 from the field in the
second and trailed 45-35 at the half. Charlotte had the opening 12 points of
the quarter, with Morrison accounting for the final eight.
A dunk by Carlos Delfino boosted Detroit to a 31-30 lead, but Morrison’s two
free throws capped eight straight points from the Bobcats. The Pistons trailed
the rest of the night.
Prince’s jam at the end of the third quarter had Detroit within 68-65, but
every time the Pistons made a run, Charlotte had an answer.
A Prince hook shot brought Detroit within 69-67, but May’s two free throws
finished a five-point flurry for the Bobcats.
Jake Voskuhl’s layup moved the margin to 80-68 with 8:34 remaining, and
Detroit never got closer than four after that point.
Hamilton’s two free throws made it 91-87 with 1:43 left, but six consecutive
free throws, including four from Carroll, sealed Charlotte’s win.
Derek Anderson had 11 points, while Emeka Okafor posted 10 points and 10
rebounds for Charlotte…Carroll missed one of his 10 free throws.