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Pistons set odd record

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.

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