Pistons Bury Bobcats 113-87

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Tayshaun Prince scored 14 of his 21 points in the first quarter and the Detroit Pistons won their seventh straight game, 113-87 over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night.
The Pistons went 5-0 on an 11-day homestand, and were only seriously challenged in the first game, when they beat the Lakers on Prince's late 3-pointer. In the last two games, against Portland and Charlotte, they had leads of at least 24 points in the first half.
Richard Hamilton added 18 for Detroit, which had seven players with at least eight points.
Jason Richardson, playing 30 minutes south of his hometown, led all scorers with 27 points.
Detroit led 27-7 after just nine minutes, aided by Charlotte missing 12 of their first 14 shots. Prince outscored the Bobcats by a point in the quarter, hitting four 3-pointers and adding two rebounds and two assists.
Thanks to the big lead, the Pistons were able to start resting their starters after one quarter. For the second game in a row, Chauncey Billups didn't play in the second period, and Prince only saw 36 seconds of action.
The Bobcats had more luck against the Pistons reserves, but still trailed 55-38 at the half, thanks to Detroit's 8-for-13 3-point shooting. Richardson had 16 points in the half, but was the only Bobcats player with more than five.
Charlotte never got the margin back to single digits in the second half, and the final moments turned into an informal dunk contest for the Pistons' young reserves.


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