Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/3

Game 1: Monday, November 3rd
Pistons101Final
Bobcats83
Game 2: Saturday, December 13th
Pistons90Final
Bobcats86
Game 3: Tuesday, January 13th
Bobcats80Final
Pistons78
Game 4: Sunday, April 5th
Bobcats97Final
Pistons104

Bobcats 97

(34-43, 12-25 away)

Pistons 104

(37-40, 20-19 home)

Coverage: FSDT

6:00 PM ET, April 5, 2009

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 T
CHA 17 27 25 2897
DET 24 27 17 36104

Top Performers

Charlotte: E. Okafor 14 Pts, 16 Reb

Detroit: W. Bynum 32 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl

Bynum goes off to help Pistons escape Bobcats

Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Will Bynum didn't want any attention. He just wanted a victory.

He got both.

Fast Facts

• Will Bynum scored 26 of his career-high 32 points in the fourth quarter, setting a Pistons record for most points in a quarter. Entering the game, Bynum's career high was 25.

• The Pistons coughed up all of a 17-point first-half lead but won it after trailing by a point entering the fourth quarter.

• The Pistons have won six of their last seven against Bobcats, who have now lost three straight.

-- ESPN research

Bynum scored a franchise-record 26 points in the fourth quarter to lead Detroit to a 104-97 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday that put the Pistons a step closer to locking up the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Bynum scored the final 13 points for the Pistons and finished with a career-high 32 points, and also had seven assists. He made all six of his field-goal attempts and went 14-for-16 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter.

"He was getting to the foul line and making plays," Detroit's Tayshaun Prince said. "He pretty much just won the game for us with his decision-making."

Bynum said he wasn't concerned with being the center of attention or the focus of the offense -- just with picking up an important victory.

"We definitely needed that game," he said. "It doesn't matter to me. I could have sat on the bench and scored two points and I still would have been up cheering, trying to get this win.

"If we got the win, I'd be satisfied no matter what happened."

Bynum picked up the scoring load for Richard Hamilton, who led Detroit with 13 points before he was ejected at the end of the third quarter when he picked up his second technical foul.

With Hamilton out, the Pistons relied heavily on a pick-and-roll offense featuring Bynum and Prince, which was a different look from what the Bobcats saw in the first three quarters.

"The thing that causes this team [Charlotte] the most problems, is dribble penetration," Pistons coach Michael Curry said. "When we got some of it in the first half, they went to the zone and made us stagnant the beginning of the third quarter. When we got Will back in the game, he made it difficult for them to go back into the zone. He just kept attacking pick-and-roll situations."

The win was the third for Detroit in four meetings with Charlotte this season and leaves the Pistons three games ahead of the Bobcats with five games remaining in the race for the final playoff spot.

"We just have to execute better," Charlotte coach Larry Brown said. "We had some really bad turnovers late, and when you have some empty possessions late in the game, you don't have time to overcome that.

"We just need to keep getting better."

D.J. Augustin led Charlotte with 22 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter. Raymond Felton added 18, while Boris Diaw and Emeka Okafor added 14 points each. Okafor pulled down 16 rebounds.

Prince added 14 points for Detroit, while Kwame Brown and Antonio McDyess each grabbed nine rebounds.

Charlotte led 10-2 early in the game, but the Pistons rallied to lead by as many as 17 in the before the half. The Bobcats rallied to lead in the third quarter and led at the start of the fourth before Detroit pulled away. Still, Charlotte trailed by just three with 13.3 seconds left before Bynum iced the game with free throws.

"There were just a lot of things that he was doing that we couldn't control," Felton said. "He made great plays. That is all I can say."

The Pistons are trying to clinch a playoff berth for the eighth consecutive season while the Bobcats have yet to play in the postseason.

Game notes


Isiah Thomas and Jerry Stackhouse shared the Pistons' record for points in a quarter with 24. Thomas did it twice, against Atlanta in 1983 and Philadelphia in 1989. Stackhouse had 24 in the first quarter against Chicago in 2001. ... Pistons center Rasheed Wallace returned to the starting lineup and had a season-high six assists. He came off the bench in the previous three games after returning following a calf injury that caused him to miss 11 games. ... Bobcats guard Raja Bell sat out with a calf injury. Cartier Martin started in his place. ... Eleven Detroit and Charlotte players have played in the NCAA tournament. Just two won a national championship with a team that is playing in Monday night's national title game: Charlotte teammates Felton and Sean May won national titles at North Carolina.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
CHA
DET
Points 97 104
FGM-FGA 33-81 (.407) 38-77 (.494)
3PM-3PA 6-20 (.300) 6-21 (.286)
FTM-FTA 25-33 (.758) 22-26 (.846)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 15-38 9-41
Assists 14 21
Turnovers 11 12
Steals 3 6
Blocks 2 3
Fast Break Points 9 11
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 24 (2/0)
Largest Lead 8 17

Top Performers

Charlotte
Detroit
Emeka Okafor Okafor
Points: 14
Reb: 16
Ast: 0
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Will Bynum Bynum
Points: 32
Reb: 4
Ast: 7
Stl: 1
Blk: 0