The Pistons have struggled so far this season on the road, but you couldn’t tell tonight. They dominated the Charlotte Hornets on both sides of the court to win comfortably 112-89.
They even managed to hit a season high 12 three point shots. Tobias Harris was at his best, controlling the offense with 24 points on 9-12 shooting, along with 7 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and two blocks.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was also excellent on both ends with 18 points and a whopping 7 assists alongside only 1 turnover. His development as a passer may be the most understated storyline of the season for the Piston. He also had an explosive transition block on Kemba Walker (we won’t talk about the following three point shot) and a steal.
The Pistons even pulled off their domination without their franchise player. Andre Drummond was ejected in the second quarter after a nasty elbow to the base of Roy Hibbert’s neck.
The play was ruled a flagrant two foul, which sent Drummond to the locker room. He was pretty lousy during his limited time on the court, shooting 1-6 from the field, so frustration may have factored into the hit.
The Pistons jumped out to an early lead in the first quarter before the Hornets surged back to close the gap. The two played it tightly until about midway into the third when the Pistons went on a 25-7 run to coast to the win.
It was the fourth game in five days for the Hornets, and they certainly looked ready for a couple of days off.
Interestingly, we didn’t see any Boban Marjanovic until two minutes remaining in the game. But the Hornets went more with mobile big men in Frank Kaminsky and Cody Zeller after Drummond hit the bench, so Leuer moved to the five when Aron Baynes needed a rest.
It was a much needed solid road win for the Pistons, who move to 9-10 on the season. They’re back at it tomorrow to face the Celtics in Boston before another road game in Atlanta on Friday.
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