The Detroit Pistons used a 22-6 run in the second half to cruise to a 106-78 victory over the Charlotte Hornets Tuesday night.
Already leading by 14 with less than a minute remaining the third, the Pistons reeled off nine consecutive points to end the period, capped by a coast-to-coast Greg Monroe layup that left his fingertips with just 00.1 seconds left on the game clock.
The Pistons, who were led by Monroe's 23 points, pushed their lead to as much as 31 in the fourth before emptying their bench and calling upon the likes of Luigi Datome and Spencer Dinwiddie to close things out.
In all, the Pistons churned out five players in double figures, including Anthony Tolliver and Jodie Meeks who came off the bench to score 16 and 18 points, respectively.
Two days after giving up 112 points to the cellar-dwelling Minnesota Timberwolves, the Pistons defense responded on Tuesday, limiting the Hornets to just 27 second half points and 35% shooting on the evening. The Pistons also outrebounded Charlotte by 11, led by Monroe's 12 caroms.
With the victory, the Pistons were able to pull to within 1.5 games of the final playoff spot in the East, a spot currently held by the Hornets. While the All-Star Break stands just two days away, the Pistons have just 29 games remaining, including a re-match with the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday, a team they previously defeated on a Brandon Jennings floating buzzer-beater in January.
Key Notes & Observations
- Luigi Datome made just his second appearance of the season, stuffing the stat sheet in just four minutes of work. He finished with 4 points, 3 rebounds, and 1 assist.
- D.J. Augustin scored 15 points and dished 5 assists in the first half, finishing with 18 & 5.
- Gerald Henderson led the Hornets with 17 points.
Next Game: Wednesday, Feb. 10; Detroit Pistons vs. San Antonio Spurs; 7:30 p.m., FSD