Pistons vs. Pelicans final score: Rodney Stuckey returns; Detroit goes down in overtime

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sport

There were opportunities for the Pistons to steal one in New Orleans, but the Pelicans prevailed in overtime, 111-106

What happened:

The Pistons lost their third straight game and second in as many nights -- 111-106 in overtime.

Trailing by nine points going into the fourth quarter, you'd think the wheels would fall off entirely, given that it was the back-end of a back-to-back, but the Pistons started the final 12 minutes on a 9-0 run to tie things and hung around throughout the fourth and an overtime frame. Detroit even had a surprising chance to win the game at the end of regulation, but Brandon Jennings missed three -- yes, three -- long shots in the final minute.

The Pistons had three different leads in overtime, but Ryan Anderson threes canceled at least two of those out. Six free throws in the final minute closed up shop.

What stood out:

With 11 seconds remaining in overtime, the Pistons trailing by everybody's favorite number (three!), Josh Smith was probably unfairly whistled for a lane violation on a Tyreke Evans missed free throw, giving Evans another opportunity to extend the Pelicans' lead to four points and all but seal the Pistons' fate. Of course, he hit the extra free throw attempt. Upon further review, just about every single player was guilty of entering the lane early. It seemed like a weak call at that juncture, but them the rules, I guess.

Not that it would've made a difference...

Unlucky or bad, opponents seem to have a knack for knocking down wide-open threes in the biggest, most irritating times of games. Ryan Anderson was no exception, hitting three of his four in the final 6 minutes of the game, each putting a chalkboard-screeching halt to mini Pistons runs.

Who stood out:

Greg Monroe performed extremely well in his home state, putting up 28 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey was also excellent in his return from injury, scoring 20 points in 32 minutes. Brandon Jennings was most frustrating to me along with New Orleans' Jason Smith, who somehow produced 22 points and 16 rebounds.

Bullets:

-- 10 and 11 for Andre Drummond. It doesn't feel like the Pistons took full advantage of playing a team full of players with two eyebrows.

-- Not much from KCP.

-- Josh Smith hit two huge hooks in the lane in the final two minutes of the fourth quarter to help the Pistons knot the score. He also opened OT with a three. Still...

-- Stuckey appeared to hurt his hand late in the fourth quarter. He was seen shaking it during timeouts and he gave up an opportunity to take the final shot at the end of regulation.

-- Jhorts are good.

-- Box Score

-- Roll Call

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