Hamilton leaves Pistons for death in the family

Updated: April 7, 2006, 7:36 PM ET
Associated Press

ORLANDO, Fla. -- Detroit scoring leader Richard Hamilton missed the Pistons' game against Orlando on Friday night because of a death in his family.

Hamilton flew home to Tulsa, Okla., for the services directly from Miami, where Detroit beat the Heat 95-82 Thursday night.

The guard is averaging 20 points, three rebounds and three assists for the NBA-leading Pistons.

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