Hornets 100, Pistons 99

Wednesday, November 15th 2006, 9:56 pm
By: News On 6

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Rookie Hilton Armstrong made a free throw with three seconds left, then got a key offensive rebound to help New Orleans beat Detroit Pistons 100-to-99 tonight.

With the score tied at 99, Armstrong made the first of two free throws to put the Hornets ahead. He missed the second, but got his own rebound and batted it to midcourt as time expired.

Chris Paul had 20 points and 13 assists for New Orleans, while Armstrong, who had never scored an N-B-A point before, finished with 17 and nine rebounds.

Chauncey Billups led all scorers with 29 points, while Richard Hamilton added 23.

The Pistons missed all six 3-pointers in the first-half, but Hamilton hit two 3-pointers in the third, and Detroit knocked down three in the fourth quarter to take an 89-86 lead.

The teams traded the lead and the game was tied at 97 with a minute left.

Bobby Jackson fouled Billups, and his pair from the line gave the Pistons the lead, but Rasheed Wallace fouled Paul with 42 seconds to play. Paul made both shots, tying the game at 99.

Wallace missed a 3-pointer, and Armstrong was fouled by Hamilton.