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GAME OF THE DAY

Pistons rout the Bobcats, 101-83

November 04, 2008|ASSOCIATED PRESS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Detroit Pistons overcame a wild, emotional day to crush their old coach's new team.

It didn't mean they were easily coming to grips with the blockbuster deal that shook the foundation of their core.

It was clear after their 101-83 rout of the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night that it's going to take the Pistons time to warm to the idea that Allen Iverson is now their teammate -- and Chauncey Billups and Antonio McDyess are headed to Denver.

"Do we like the trade? Maybe not. Ain't no telling," forward Rasheed Wallace said.

Added Tayshaun Prince: "When you have six straight years with somebody, you've got that bond, that connection. Now all of a sudden it's gone."

Richard Hamilton, who earlier in the day agreed to a three-year contract extension worth about $34 million, scored 19 points, and the Pistons toyed with Larry Brown's Bobcats, improving to 3-0 and perhaps showing Iverson that he'll have plenty of scoring options.

But from the tone of the subdued locker room, Iverson will have to win over his new teammates as he joins a team used to being among the Eastern Conference powers.

"Obviously we're all shocked by the situation," Prince said.

-- ASSOCIATED PRESS

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