Pistons dominated by Hornets, fall 102-78

Coming off one of their best wins of the season, the Pistons struggled to carry the momentum they built in last nights win at home over the Eastern Conference leading, Atlanta Hawks.

The Pistons had a disastrous performance tonight, as they were dominated by the Hornets, 102-78.

Detroit had a tough time generating consistent offense in the first half, and the eight turnovers didn’t help at all.

They also had no answer for the Hornets, Kemba Walker, who scored 17 points on 7 for 10 shooting in the first half.

Detroit closed the second quarter on a 16-7 scoring run to cut the Hornets lead at the half to 11 points, trailing 56-45.

The second half was easily one of the worst second halves this season for the Pistons. They were able to minimize the turnovers to a degree, but could not generate any type of offensive rhythm and finished the game shooting an awful 31 for 88 (35.2%) from the field.

Back-to-back games are tough on every single team in the NBA, but tonight Detroit really made that apparent with their lackluster performance against the Hornets.

Marvin Williams scored 18 points, while Kemba Walker scored all of his 17 points in the first half and Gerald Henderson added 14 as the Hornets won for the third time in their last 10 games.

Charlotte sits two games behind the Brooklyn Nets and Miami Heat, who are tied for seventh place, with eight games remaining.

Jodie Meeks led the Pistons with 15 points and played a team high 34 minutes. Andre Drummond was battling foul trouble throughout the game and finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. The Pistons, winners of five of their last six games, just didn’t have it tonight.

Reggie Jackson, a huge reason for the Pistons success in recent weeks, was held to nine points, snapping a streak of 11 straight games scoring in double-figures.

The Pistons are all but out of playoff contention at 29-46, and 5 1/2 games out of eighth place in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit has an day off tomorrow before meeting division rival Chicago on Friday night.