Anderson, Lopez lead Hornets past Pistons, 105-86
"Other than that initial spurt — 8-0 — our defense was horrible," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "You have to give them most of the credit for that. They played much harder than us, much tougher, more physical, more intense. Outside of a few select segments, they really, really outworked us. It's very, very disappointing."
Reserve Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 19, but most came after the game had been decided, while Greg Monroe added 17 points and 11 rebounds.
"They wanted to win more than we did," Monroe said. "We started out great, but after that timeout, they took control. I don't think it was our mistakes, but good reads on their part. They just outplayed us. It was tough."
The Hornets were already ahead by the end of the first quarter, thanks to 13 points from Lopez, and were able to pull out to a double-digit lead when the Pistons missed 10 straight shots in the second period. Anderson had 15 off the bench, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the second that gave the Hornets a 55-41 halftime lead.
New Orleans led by as many as 20 points in the third quarter, as Detroit struggled to even get decent shots in its half-court offense. The Hornets only shot 35 percent in the period, but that was enough to move the margin to 16 going into the fourth. Frank went outside his rotation in the fourth, playing little-used Kim English and Jonas Jerebko in an effort to kick-start a comeback, but the Hornets were never threatened.
The Hornets led comfortably enough that they were able to take an intentional shot-clock violation in the final seconds of the game.
"We wanted to finish this road trip well, and I think we showed some growth in our team," Aminu said. "There are things you have to do on the road that you don't normally have to do at home, and we did all those little things tonight."
NOTES: Frank picked up a technical foul for arguing a basket-interference in the first quarter. ... Despite decent weather, the game drew one of the smallest crowds in Palace history. The attendance was announced at 10,177, and several upper-deck sections were entirely empty as fans were encouraged to move to the lower bowl. ... Jesse Jackson sat courtside across from the Pistons bench. ... Eric Gordon sat out to rest his knee on the second night of New Orleans' back-to-back games.
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