Richard Hamilton went into the record book Thursday night with a bizarre distinction.
The Pistons swingman became the first player in league history to lead his team in scoring without making a field goal, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Hamilton, who had 14 points, missed all 10 of his shots from the floor, but made all 14 free throws in a 101-79 loss to the Grizzlies.
"It was just one of those nights," he said.
Hamilton wasn't the only one to have a rough outing. Memphis held the defending champions to 31.3 percent shooting, forced 23 turnovers and blocked 15 shots.
"I never thought I would have to coach effort," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "I've never had to do that in my entire life, and this is the last group that I expected to have to do it with.
"Maybe a game like this will make us recognize how bad it is."
The Grizzlies reached .500 for the first time this season. They were 5-11 when they hired Mike Fratello on Dec. 2 to replace the retired Hubie Brown.