The Pistons started off their Saturday night on fire and having an easy way with the shorthanded Bobcats. Detroit ended the first quarter with a 31-17 lead that soon got chipped away. Charlotte, who dressed only eight players for the game, with no point guard in sight took advantage of Detroit’s poor shooting and grabbed the lead late in the fourth quarter, only to let Chauncey Billups knock down a critical three to send the game into overtime. Back and fourth it went in overtime, and a questionable call of offensive interference helped the Pistons squeak away with the win in North Carolina.
Final OT Score 103-100.
- “Vincent was convinced the ball was short of the rim and not in the cylinder above the basket. He indicated the Bobcats planned to complain to the league and even suggested the unlikely scenario of replaying the end of the game, after the NBA’s decision to replay the last minute of Miami’s loss to Atlanta because of a scorekeeping error.
“I’m sure we’re going to contact the league,” Vincent said. “We’d like to do what Miami did and play the last minute over again, also. I believe it would be justified.” Via NBA.com
- The Pistons shot just 38.8% from the floor on the night. You wouldn’t have known it was going to go that way if you watched the first quarter. The rest of the game….not so easy to watch for Pistons fans.
- If this wasn’t a block party on both ends I don’t know what was. The Pistons had 7 blocks on the night and the Bobcats finished with 10.
- Detroit was 95% from the line (20-21). The Bobcats went to the line 11 more times than the Pistons and were just 65% from the stripe.
- Broadway Billups didn’t like a call against Antonio McDyess, who eventually fouled out, and was called for a tech.
- Yuck… 30 points in the paint for Detroit and 64 for the Bobcats.
- Flip had a field day with lineup changes all night. Everyone played but……Amir. (You knew that was coming right)
- Tayshaun started the game on FIRE. It’s nice to see Tay have two great games back to back. He finished with 22 on 10-for-17 shooting and 2 for 4 from downtown. He was 3 boards shy of a double double and added a steal and 2 blocked shots. He also went down hard from a elbow from Gerald Wallace on a layup. Though it looked like he might have even broke his nose, he returned shortly to finish the game.
- Narz had a great game against his old team. He smacked Detroit with a double-double off the bench with 19 points and 15 boards and he didn’t need overtime to do it. He also blocked 3 shots, it just goes to show you that there is always a place to shine for someone who works hard and has skill. Good for Narz, he didn’t fit in Detroit at all, but he’s a great fit in Charlotte.
- 5 Bobcats in double figures, 4 for the Pistons.
- Rebound war won 48-45.
- 1-for-7 shooting for McDyess and 1-for-8 on the night for Jarvis, ewwww. Five of the shots Jarvis missed were from behind the arc.
- Speaking of three pointers, the Pistons were jacking up way too many, 29 (a season high) on the night is ridiculous. And they were doing it, and missing, at crucial times in the game. Detroit shot just 24% from deep for the night.
- At this point I just feel bad for Flip Murray.
- Have you noticed that Jason Maxiell is commanding double teams?
- Mr. Big Shot led the team with 27 points on 10-for-17 shooting, with 7 assists, 4 boards, 3 steals and a blocked shot. This 3 pointer tied the game and sent it into OT.
- The Pistons had a chance to win it at the end of regulation on a Rip Hamilton jumper, but it hit the front of the rim and sent the game into OT. It was however a Rip Hamilton jumper that put the game away in overtime, after a missed Rasheed three and a Tayshaun board that he kicked out to an open Hamilton.
- The Pistons led by as much as 14 early and The Bobcats biggest lead was 5.
- NBA.COM Highlights of The Game.
- Maxiell finished with 6 points on 1-4 shooting with 7 boards, one assist and 3 blocked shots.
- Rasheed was in foul trouble, which hindered his production in the fourth as well as in OT. Sheed finished with 10 points, 6 boards, 4 steals and 2 blocked shots, one of which saved the game for The Pistons. I’m not exaggerating when I say that it was a big time play. He’s really bringing the D.
- Richard Hamilton had 26 points but it took him 26 shots to do it. He added 7 assists, 8 boards and 2 steals. Had it not been for Rip’s timely make the Pistons may have not even made it to OT.
- “We were up … and thought we were going to coast through the rest of the game, It was tough,” said Hamilton. “It was a dogfight. They kept playing hard and made it a tough game for us.” Via MLive
- Primoz Brezec…Biggest cheerleader ever, he’s up off the bench for every big point. And for some small ones for that matter. He had 3 points against his former team on a and 1 play.
- Stuckey: 0-for-4 shooting in 12 minutes with one assist.
- “It’s been cool,” Mohammed said. “I got in here, got the opportunity to play a little bit. Found out what to do, and when to do it, as far as things like that. It’s an adjustment. You know, as smooth as adjustments can be. I did a lot of working out in the last year, trying to get in shape. I love those guys (Pistons) over there. I don’t think I ever experienced another team where one through 15, you like every guy on the team. That’s just unusual, that’s unheard of in this league. I wish them well. I hope they have an opportunity to win the championship. In my mind, I always think it will come down to them and San Antonio.” Via The Detroit News.
- I understand the offensive interference call could have went either way but the same goes for the foul call at the end of the game that didn’t get called when Chauncey drove the lane. It’s a referee’s judgment call not a official scorers error like in the Miami game. Can of worms….
- Hard week, OT game and a back to back with a Sunday game in New York. Thanks NBA scheduling person.