National Basketball Association
When: 7:30 PM ET, Friday, November 5, 2010
Where: The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
#47 Bennie Adams, #56 Mark Ayotte, #29 Steve Javie
Ben Gordon scored 20 points and had plenty of help as the Detroit Pistons posted their first win of the season, a 97-90 triumph over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday night.
Rip Hamilton scored 16 points and Tayshaun Prince added 14 for the Pistons (1-5), who were off to their worst start since losing their first seven games in 1980-81.
Austin Daye set the tone with two early 3-pointers and Detroit had a 32-15 lead on 13-of-20 shooting after the first quarter. A layup by Tracy McGrady pushed the edge to 41-22 minutes into the second quarter, but Charlotte slowed the surge and moved within 55-39 at the break.
Stephen Jackson scored 10 points in the third as the Bobcats pulled within 63-62 with 1:22 left, but a 9-2 run sparked by two 3-pointers by Charlie Villanueva pushed the lead to eight heading into the fourth quarter.
Charlotte moved within 88-85 on a 3-pointer from the left corner by D.J. Augustin with 90 seconds left, but Detroit responded again. Hamilton converted a three-point play on a drive from left to right to give Detroit some breathing room.
Jackson scored 28 points but committed six of the Bobcats' 24 turnovers as the club dropped to 1-4.
Detroit point guard Rodney Stuckey did not play after refusing to twice re-enter Wednesday’s game with the Atlanta Hawks. McGrady started in his place and had 10 points, three rebounds and two assists.
Top Game Performances
Stephen Jackson 28
Ben Gordon 20
D.J. Augustin 8
Ben Wallace 4
Derrick Brown 7
Greg Monroe 6
D.J. Augustin 2
||Free Throws Made
Richard Hamilton 11
Shaun Livingston 2
Ben Wallace 4
Boris Diaw 3
Greg Monroe 1
Team Stats Summary