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Detroit Pistons Get What They Deserve From Ben Gordon

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Ben Gordon was never appreciated much in his three years with the Detroit Pistons. Perhaps they appreciate him now as a member of the Charlotte Bobcats.

Gordon, who signed with Detroit before the start of the 2009-10 season but never caught on with the Pistons and their fans prior to being traded to the Bobcats this offseason, scored 18 points in Charlotte’s 108-101 overtime NBA victory at The Palace Sunday night.

Gordon, who was 7-of-12 from the floor, tried to not make a big deal of his return to Detroit.

“Just another game. Another win for us,” he said. “Obviously we’ve been kind of struggling in the win category this year. I think each game, each practice, we give ourselves an opportunity to get better as a team and tonight was another step in the right direction.”

The Bobcats are 9-24 and had a poor first half, trailing at halftime 60-59.

“When we came in at halftime, we knew that we had to lock down on the defensive end, and we knew that we would have a chance to win if we did that,” Gordon said.

What was also impressive about the Bobcats win was that it came against a strong Pistons team that had won four straight.

“We came in and caught them while they are playing really good basketball,” Gordon said. “I think they tried to come out and hit us in the mouth in the first half, but we stood on our feet and it’s a good win for us.”