Detroit pummels ailing Charlotte


Published: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 15, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
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Detroit guard Richard Hamilton, right, drives against Bobcats guard Alan Anderson in the second half Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich.

The Associated Press
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Richard Hamilton led a balanced attack with 19 points, and the Detroit Pistons beat the short-handed Charlotte Bobcats 114-91 Saturday night.
The Bobcats dressed only 10 players, as Sean May (knee) and Jake Voskuhl (ankle) stayed home with injuries. Charlotte has lost three straight and seven of eight, while the Pistons (29-5) have won five of six.
Seven Detroit players scored in double figures, including 16 points each from Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess, and 10 points and 13 rebounds from Ben Wallace. Detroit had 35 assists, one short of a season best.
Primoz Brezec led the Bobcats with 18 points, while Gerald Wallace scored 14 and reserve Jumaine Jones added 12.
The Pistons led 30-21 after one quarter, picking up 11 assists in the period, and expanded the margin to 60-43 at the half. Billups and Hamilton combined for 24 points and seven assists in the half, while Gerald Wallace had 11 points and six rebounds for the Bobcats.
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