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Pistons cap busy day with blowout of Bobcats

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The Sports Network
11/3/2008 10:01:02 PM
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Charlotte, NC (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton led a short-handed Pistons squad with 19 points as Detroit notched a 101-83 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats to cap a busy day for the franchise.

Hamilton was 9-of-18 shooting from the field with five assists and four rebounds while Rasheed Wallace netted 15 points for Detroit, which earlier in the day saw president of basketball operations Joe Dumars pull off an early- season blockbuster trade, acquiring the services of former MVP and Rookie of the Year Allen Iverson from the Nuggets.

Heading to Denver are guard Chauncey Billups, forward Antonio McDyess and reserve center Cheikh Samb. Dumars also reportedly signed Hamilton to a three- year contract extension on Monday according to a Detroit newspaper.

With a depleted lineup due to the trade, several reserves saw extended minutes with Will Bynum and Amir Johnson chipping in with 12 points each to help keep new head coach Michael Curry perfect through his first three regular-season games.

Shannon Brown had a team-high 16 points while Gerald Wallace logged a double- double with 15 points and 12 boards for the Bobcats, who were coming off a 100-87 victory over the Miami Heat in their home opener on Saturday, which also gave new head coach Larry Brown his first win with the team.

Charlotte had been 0-9 under Brown including the preseason, losing to Cleveland in its season opener on Thursday.

After falling behind by 12 with about 6 1/2 minutes to play in the first half, Charlotte made a 14-5 run to close the half down only two, 45-43.

The Pistons, though, put together a 31-20 third quarter to take a 76-63 advantage into the final frame. From there Detroit used a 9-2 run with less than three minutes remaining to take a 17-point lead and coasted to victory.

GAME NOTES: Detroit swept the season series between the two clubs last season, winning all three games and five in a row overall versus the Bobcats..The Pistons have won three straight in Charlotte..Brown mentored the Pistons from 2003-05, guiding the team to back-to-back NBA finals and winning the NBA title in 2004..Pro Wrestling legend Ric "The Nature Boy" Flair was sitting courtside.

Richard Hamilton (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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