|4:00 PM PT5:00 PM MT6:00 PM CT7:00 PM ET23:00 GMT7:00 4:00 PM MST6:00 PM EST3:00 UAE (+1)00:0019:00 ET5:00 PM CT22:00 , May 4, 2021
Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 750
Hornets seek bounce-back win over Pistons
Charlotte Hornets at Detroit Pistons
- The Hornets have won their last 12 games against the Pistons, tied for the third longest current winning streak by one NBA team against another (76ers: 15 vs. Knicks and 14 vs. Hornets; Bucks: 12 vs. Bulls).
- The Hornets had 15 blocks on Saturday against Detroit, the highest total by any team in an NBA game this season, and the Hornets' highest total since February 5, 2015.
- The Hornets have allowed 7.1 more points per game on the road than at home this season (114.6 to 107.5), the largest difference for any NBA team, and the Pistons have the fourth largest gap (+5.8, 113.9 to 108.1).
- The Hornets have averaged 111.9 points per game in the 43 games that LaMelo Ball has played this season and 105.5 points per game in the 21 games he has missed.
- Saddiq Bey has scored 20 or more points in nine games this season (including 26 last night), the highest total for a Pistons rookie since Brandon Knight did it 11 times in 2011-12.
- PJ Washington is averaging 15.6 points per game since the start of April, nearly four points per game higher than his pre-April average (11.8 points per game).
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The Charlotte Hornets have lost three of their last four games with the lone victory coming against the Detroit Pistons.
They'll face the Pistons once again on Tuesday, this time in Detroit.
The Hornets (31-33) currently hold the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference, one game ahead of Indiana and 1 1/2 games ahead of Washington.
Charlotte's 107-94 win over Detroit on Saturday marked the return of rookie star LaMelo Ball, who missed 21 games with a broken wrist. Ball had 11 points and seven assists but backcourt partner Terry Rozier carried the offense with 29 points.
The Hornets blocked 15 shots as they defeated the Pistons for the 12th consecutive time.
Charlotte lost the second game of a back-to-back on Sunday, falling to Miami 121-111. Ball had 14 points and five assists but also committed five turnovers. P.J. Washington reached the 20-point mark for the fifth time in nine games, but Hornets allowed the Heat to shoot 51.1 percent from the field.
The Hornets had won the first two meetings with their Southeast Division rival.
"I thought our success against them a lot this season was the paint game," Charlotte coach James Borrego said. "We had done a much better job of protecting the paint. We got exposed there (Sunday). They were big, they were physical and obviously, they're a good team. They found their rhythm there in the second half."
Miami was up by seven at halftime and took control by outscoring the Hornets 35-22 in the third quarter.
"This team was in the Finals last year," forward Miles Bridges said. "They know what it's like to be in the playoffs. They played more physical than us (Sunday) and it showed."
Charlotte's hopes of moving up to the sixth spot and avoiding the play-in tournament took a major hit with the loss, but Bridges shrugged it off.
"Just worry about our next game," he said. "That's the most important game. That's all we can do."
Detroit (19-46) is playing the second game of a back-to-back. The Pistons lost at home to Orlando -- the team just ahead of them in the Eastern Conference standings -- 119-112 on Monday night.
Orlando shot 51.1 percent from the field and scored 68 second-half points. Detroit gave up the lead late in the first half and never recovered.
"Some missed shots led to our defensive relaxation," coach Dwane Casey said. "I thought we were soft on the ball. They shot 60-some percent in the third quarter, it was some ungodly number. I guess young guys think you don't have to come out and compete every night. I don't care who it is, you've got to come out and compete like your life depended on it."
The Pistons continue to rest a host of regulars in the late going, including starters Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee. They're giving their rookies ample playing time while also improving their chances of winning the draft lottery.
"We're not talented enough across the board to not come out and play hard and compete at a high level," Casey said. "Scratch, claw, be close enough to contest shots. Again, this is a great learning experience for these guys."
--Field Level Media
Updated May 4, 2021