Published 12:00 am Wednesday, January 24, 2007
CHARLOTTE — Chris Webber and Rasheed Wallace are blending in nicely in Detroit, even if Webber doesn’t know all the plays.
Webber scored 19 points and carried the Pistons through a sluggish first half, while Wallace scored 11 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter as Detroit salvaged a season series split with Charlotte with a 103-92 win over the Bobcats on Wednesday night.
Richard Hamilton scored 22 points for the Pistons, who shot 52 percent in winning their third straight game.
It’s what the Pistons envisioned when they signed Webber after Philadelphia bought out his contract. In his fourth game with Detroit, Webber shot 7-for-9 and grabbed six rebounds, despite still learning the playbook.
“I know 80 percent of the plays,” Webber said. “Sometimes I forget the name with the play because it’s different, but I don’t think there’s not much more to catch up on. I feel a lot more comfortable out there.”
His 19 points were his most since joining the Pistons, eclipsing the 16 he scored at Minnesota last week.
The Bobcats were missing five players to injury, four of them big men, yet still outrebounded Detroit 42-31. Primoz Brezec (back), Othella Harrington (knee), Jake Voskuhl (illness) and Melvin Ely (illness) joined point guard Brevin Knight (abdominal surgery) in street clothes.
Suns 112, Knicks 107
NEW YORK — Amare Stoudemire scored 26 of his 30 points in Phoenix’s big second half, and the Suns beat the New York Knicks 112-107 for their second 15-game winning streak of the season.
Steve Nash finished with 21 points and 14 assists as the Suns scored 63 points in the second half.
76ers 118, Cavs 115, 2OT
CLEVELAND — Andre Iguodala scored eight points in the second overtime and finished with a with a season-high 34 as Philadelphia handed Cleveland an embarrassing loss.
Pacers 96, Heat 94
INDIANAPOLIS — Danny Granger scored 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and overtime as Indiana rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit.
The Pacers’ victory spoiled the return of Shaquille O’Neal, who came off the bench after missing 35 games while recovering from knee surgery. O’Neal finished with five points and five rebounds in 14 minutes.
Raptors 90, Hornets 88
TORONTO — Chris Bosh scored a season-high 35 points, including a tying 3-pointer with 1:01 left, and Toronto rallied over New Orleans.
Salisbury native Bobby Jackson had with a layup with 14.6 seconds left, but Bosh made two free throws with 13.8 seconds remaining to make it a four point lead. Bosh finished 11-for-19 from the field and 12-for-18 from the line.
Hawks 82, Celtics 76
BOSTON — Joe Johnson and Josh Smith each scored 21 points as Atlanta handed Boston its ninth straight loss.