AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Richard Hamilton of the Detroit Pistons left Sunday night's game against the New Orleans Hornets because of a strained neck.

Hamilton was injured in the last minute of the first half when he was fouled by Baron Davis while making a layup. He landed awkwardly and stayed down for several minutes, but remained in the game and made the free throw.

After the shot, he grimaced and grabbed at his left shoulder before playing the final 50 seconds of the half. He then was taken to a hospital for precautionary x-rays.

Detroit was already short two players. Starting center Elden Campbell left the team just before the game because of a family illness, and Lindsey Hunter strained his left knee earlier in the second quarter.