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Pistons vs. Pelicans final score: Detroit falls to Nola in the Big Easy, 115-99

The defense failed to show up for the game, as the Pelicans cruised to an easy victory over Detroit.

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The night after a crucial bounce-back road win in Houston, the Pistons suffered another bad loss to the suddenly-surging Pelicans, 115-99.

After shooting the lights out in Houston, it seems Detroit's offense was contagious as the Pelicans were now the ones shooting the lights out, putting up 72 points in the first half alone. The lone bright spots for the Pistons were Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Andre Drummond and Brandon Jennings. KCP continued his insane offensive January, putting up 23 points. Drummond also had a great offensive game with yet another double-double, putting up 19 points and 22 boards. Jennings had 20 points in 20 minutes off the bench.

The lowlights for the Pistons? Where do we start.

You could start with the 14 turnovers. It's hard to win any game with that many careless plays. Eight of those bad boys came in the first half, which might be the reason New Orleans put up so many points.

I mean, it says on the box score that Reggie Jackson played 28 minutes, and that sure did look like him on TV, but you could convince me otherwise considering the performance. Reggie looked gassed and played like it, only scoring eight and turning the ball over four times. It was so bad that he didn't even get to sit on the bench to end the game:

Marcus Morris also had a rough night only scoring four points after putting up 22 on Houston. Yikes.

A run to close out the third quarter put the game within reach, but the Pistons could never string together enough stops for it to ever get close enough.

As for New Orleans, Anthony Davis went back to his video game numbers with 32 points on the night. A lot of his baskets came on in-rhythm jumpers against our bigs. New Orleans also shot 53% from the field as a team, which is pretty easy to do when no one is closing out and putting a hand in your face.

The road trip continues to Denver Saturday and, hopefully, the Pistons defense finds its way to the Rockies by then.

Now, your thoughts.