The Observer News Enterprise is live at Time Warner Cable Arena for an NBA match up between the Charlotte Bobcats (16-52) and the Detroit (23-47).
Starting line ups
G Kemba Walker
G Gerald Henderson
C Bismack Biyombo
F Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
F Josh McRoberts
G Jose Calderon
G Brandon Knight
C Greg Monroe
F Jason Maxiell
F Kyle Singler
DeSagana Diop (right knee soreness - out), Ramon Sessions (MCL sprain - out), Brendan Haywood (stress reaction in left foot - out)
Andre Drummond (stress fracture in fifth lumbar vertebra - out)
Bobcats win the opening tip. Pistons start the game on a 9-0 run, including five points from guard Brandon Knight. Josh McRoberts breaks the run with a jump shot. Bobcats answer with a 9-0 run of their own to tie the game. Jason Maxiel's jumper breaks that run. At the first TV timeout at the 5:25 mark of the first quarter, Charlotte and Detroit are tied 13-13.
Charlotte staying even with Detroit in the early going. The 'Cats defense is really denying the paint. Pistons lead 21-20 with 2:27 left in the first quarter. Pistons guard Jose Calderon leads all scorers with eight points so far. Kemba Walker with five points for the Bobcats.
Bobcats lead 24-23 at the end of the first quarter. 'Cats center Bismack Biyombo with six points and five rebounds.
INJURY UPDATE: Charlotte forward Josh McRoberts is probable to return after being evaluated. He suffered a left shoulder strain in the first quarter.
Charlotte made an early run to start the quarter, but Detroit roared back to take a 30-29 lead at the first TV timeout of the quarter.
Jannero Pargo connects with Gerald Henderson on back-to-back plays for scores, giving Charlotte a 38-34 lead with 5:04 left in the first half. Detroit calls timeout.
FLASH DANCE: A flash mob in sections 109 and 110 breaks out during the break. The group of about three rows danced to Olly Murs "Troublemaker."
Bobcats pull out to a five-point lead, 43-38, behind a two-guard look with Jannero Pargo and Kemba Walker. Gerald Henderson, Jeffrey Taylor and Bismack Biyombo also on the floor.
HALFTIME: CHARLOTTE 50, DETROIT 47
Leaders: Gerald Henderson (CHA) 13 points
Jose Calderon (DET) 11 points
KEY STAT: The Bobcats outscored the Pistons 20-12 in the paint in the first half.
Charlotte leads 54-51 with 9:17 left in the third. 'Cats forward Josh McRoberts returns to the bench at the 9:33 mark of the quarter after straining his left shoulder in the first half. His return to the game is probable.
Charlotte leads 63-55 at the 5:29 mark of the third quarter. Four of the five starters for the Bobcats are in double digits (Henderson, Walker, Biyombo, Kidd-Gilchrist).
With 2:48 left in the third quarter, Charlotte leads 67-63. McRoberts re-enters the game after his shoulder injury. He shoulder is slightly taped up.
Jannero Pargo with nine points in the final two minutes of the quarter, helping Charlotte lead 76-69 at the end of the third.
With 8:33 left in the fourth quarter, Charlotte is ahead 78-73. Jannero Pargo and Kemba Walker each with 16 points to lead all scorers. Gerald Henderson just behind with 15 points.
Detroit outscoring Charlotte 12-2 to start the fourth quarter. Charlie Villnueva's back-to-back treys gives the Pistons a 81-80 lead with 6:11 left in the game.
Ben Gordon argues with a referee after a personal foul. Gordon, a former Piston, is given a technical foul with 4:17 left in the game. Rodney Stuckey makes the free throw to tie the game at 82-82.
Detroit calls timeout with 3:38 left in the game trailing 84-82 after Charlotte center Bismack Biyombo makes 2-of-2 free throws. Biyombo, a 52 percent free throw shooter on the season, is 6-for-6 from the line.
Pistons exploding from 3-point range in this quarter. Charlie Villanueva is 4-for-5 from behind the arc in the fourth, while Rodney Stuckey's trey gives Detroit a 88-86 lead with 1:57 left. Charlotte calls timeout.
Walker drives to the basket, makes a lay up and is fouled with 1:07 left. His free throw make gives Charlotte a 89-88 lead.
INTERESTING FACT: Charlotte is 3-1 in overtime games this season, including a 108-101 victory against Detroit on Jan. 6 in the Palace at Auburn Hills.
After Charlie Villanueva's dunk gives Detroit a 90-89 lead, Kemba Walker drives to the lane on the next 'Cats possession and is fouled. He makes both of his attempts with 31.6 seconds left in the game to give Charlotte a 91-90 lead. Detroit calls timeout.
Villanueva missed a wide open 3-pointer, but collects the offensive rebound and drives for a lay up to give Detroit a 92-91 lead with 15 seconds left. 'Cats call timeout.
Walker drives for a lay up and misses. McRoberts collects the offensive rebound, but his put back comes up short as the Bobcats fall to the Pistons. The loss breaks a three-game home winning streak.
FINAL SCORE: DETROIT 92, CHARLOTTE 91
Leaders: Kemba Walker (CHA) 25 points, four steals, three assists
Charlie Villanueva (DET) 18 points, four rebounds