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Hornets tie season series in win over Pistons

The Story

It was another less than appealing game to watch the Hornets play, but they got the win at home over the Pistons 87-77 and now have tied the season series with Detroit 1-1.

The Hornets shot 34% for the night. Detroit plays physical every game, and it seems like the officials will cater, for the most part, to their style. Charlotte has yet to figure it out. In two games against the Pistons this season, Charlotte has failed to surpass the 90-point mark.

All-Star hopeful, Kemba Walker, led Charlotte with 25 points (9-22 FG). He started the game with his hair on fire and boosted a limping Hornets offense in the fourth-quarter to get his team over the hump. Kemba continues to be one of the best point-guards in the Eastern Conference, and as the days pass, it becomes harder for anyone to make an argument against him being in the All-Star Game.

Nic Batum continued his double-double streak, which is now at three games, and finished with 14 points and 15 rebounds tonight. Marvin Williams looked spirited in his return from a six-game absence, scoring 12 points (5-10 FG) and pulling down 5 rebounds in just 25 minutes on the floor.

Andre Drummond was an absolute monster tonight, as the fourth-year Piston scored 26 points (11-14 FG) and gobbled up 20 rebounds. Drummond made Cody Zeller look like a child tonight, but he makes most NBA centers look like that.

Again, it was ugly, and if you looked at the Hornets final stat sheet without seeing a final score, you would never guess this is a game that they won. The bench stepped up, outscoring Detroit’s second unit 27-13. Only 5 Charlotte turnovers on the night also helped a ton and limited the Pistons opportunities to get back into the game.

The Hornets move to 13-9 and prepare to host the Orlando Magic (10-13) at home Friday night.

Coach Percy Notes

  • In Marvin Williams first game back after missing six straight, he looked great. Marvin was moving well all game on both ends and the offense had its spunk back early in the first-quarter with his presence.
  • Kemba was all-Kemba tonight. Detroit especially has tons of trouble defending Kemba in pick-and-rolls since they don’t commit their behemoth bigs (Drummond, Baynes) all the way to the level of the ball-screen. This gives Kemba extra space to kick it into another gear and utilize his herky-jerkiness when he turns the corner.
  • Cody Zeller was overmatched tonight against Drummond. That’s not surprising, but he straight got toyed with. Drummond treated Zeller like he was his little underprivileged brother, and quite honestly, Cody looked shook for much of the night. It’s hard to fight the dudes Zeller has to around the basket every night, but tonight was disappointing.