Pistons Ruin Return Of Richardson and Vincent

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups scored 20 points and Antonio McDyess added 19 points and nine rebounds, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 104-85 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.
The Pistons soundly bounced back after their five-game winning streak was snapped by Chicago on Friday. The Bobcats had ended a seven-game skid Saturday against the Cavaliers.
Richard Hamilton added 18 points for Detroit, while reserve Jason Maxiell had 11 points and eight rebounds.
Michigan native Jason Richardson led Charlotte with 15 points and Emeka Okafor had 14, but Bobcats leading scorer Gerald Wallace had just three.
Detroit led by as many as 18 in the first half before the Bobcats closed to 56-45 at the intermission. McDyess had 15 for Detroit, which shot 61.8 percent in the half.
Charlotte got as close as 57-52 early in the third, but the Pistons responded with a 24-10 run to take firm control. The Bobcats needed Walter Herrmann's buzzer-beating 3-pointer just to close the gap to 81-65 at the end of the period.
Billups had 11 points in the third as the Pistons increased their lead despite shooting just 27.8 percent from the floor. Detroit hit 13 of 15 free throws in the period and outrebounded Charlotte 18-7.
The Pistons led by as many as 22 in the fourth.


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