The Pistons were unable to extend their season-high win streak to five Monday night, losing to the Charlotte Hornets 104-84. Andre Drummond was limited by foul trouble and only finished with nine points and nine rebounds, almost a double-double. Reggie Jackson had a tough night, only shooting 2-for-9 for four points and dishing out a season-low one assist.
Facing Charlotte after a 20 point win against the Lakers at home, the Pistons came into the game hoping that their offense was finally starting to click. Right from the opening tap, it was not. The Pistons would finish the game shooting 36.8-percent from the floor, 29.4-percent from distance, and a dreadful 45.5-percent from the free throw line on 22 attempts. And the free throw troubles were not all Andre's fault; he only attempted four.
With Drummond playing limited minutes, the Pistons were severely outrebounded. The 41 rebounds they had were their second fewest of the season, and the 57 rebounds Charlotte pulled down were the second most they've allowed.
The Hornets have been playing without Al Jefferson, a routine thorn in the Pistons side, but have been playing just fine without him. Because of Jefferson's absence, Drummond played much of his time against Cody Zeller and Spencer Hawes. Both used their shooting ability to draw Drummond away from the basket and catch him off guard, resulting in a few of his fouls.
The Pistons need to shake off this loss as they have the Memphis Grizzlies up next on Wednesday. With only two days off between now and Saturday, they do not have time to spend it sulking.