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Pistons vs. Hornets final score: Charlotte stings Detroit in the fourth, wins 108-101

After a strong start, Motown sputtered in the second half as Charlotte dug deep to pull out their fifth consecutive win.

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You aren't going to win many games when your opponent knocks down their fieldgoals at a rate of 52 percenter, and that is exactly what happened Sunday night when the Pistons lost against a Hornets squad looking to make the playoffs.

It wasn't all dread and disappointment, though. Motown came out firing on all cylinders as Reggie Jackson abused Mo Williams all throughout the first half to the tune of 21 points on near perfect shooting. Detroit carried a 62-54 lead into halftime, but while Jackson's night was one of the main stats popping off the boxscore, so was the relatively high shooting percentages both teams sported over the two first frames of play. Shooting at a high percentage is often unsustainable over the length of an entire game, and predictably, the Pistons were unable to keep up their offensive tempo in the second half, as the Hornets flipped the script on Stan Van Gundy's team.

The Hornets assigned Michael Kidd-Gilchrist to Reggie Jackson in the second half, greatly limiting his game, and no one was able to pick up the slack offensively as Charlotte rallied and put away the Pistons for their fifth consecutive win -- and Detroit's sixth straight loss.

Powered mostly by Greg Monroe's 18 points and 11 rebounds, Detroit was unable to put up with Charlotte's defensive pressure. After a stellar first half, Reggie Jackson scored 4 points in the second, finishing the night with 25 points on 9-21 shooting. Fellow guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (4-15) and Jodie Meeks (3-12) also suffered from the field as the Pistons put up a measly 39 points in the second half. Andre Drummond, despite being limited by foul trouble, scored 16 points and gathered 5 rebounds on the night; his defensive cover, Al Jefferson put up an easy double-double (24 & 15) in only 29 minutes.

Game Notes:

  • Spencer Dinwiddie didn't see the court tonight, as it seems John Lucas III may have taken over the backup point guard slot.
  • Caron Butler continued to struggle, going scoreless in 13 minutes off the bench.
  • This recent loss puts Detroit five games behind the eighth seed.
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