Kemba Walker and Tony Parker scored 24 points apiece while holding the Pistons to under 37 percent shooting and Detroit fell 113-103 in front of a sparse crowd at Little Caesars Arena.
Almost nothing was going right for the Pistons, and in particular for Blake Griffin. Blake was doubled almost instantly and didn’t get much help from the refs. After scoring just 10 points and going 4-for-16 with just three free-throw attempts, Griffin got himself ejected after a flagrant-2 foul against Malik Monk.
Dirty play by Blake Griffin to hit Malik Monk with his shoulder while Malik was in the air. pic.twitter.com/kuIbKgzMqr— Scott Charlton (@Scott_Charlton) November 11, 2018
The Hornets absolutely roasted the backcourt defense of the Pistons. Reggie Jackson played perhaps his worst defensive game of the year. He trailed badly on every screen, forcing his defense to scramble or give up open shots to Walker.
Walker took advantage of both, adding eight assists to go with his 24 points. Parker, meanwhile, turned back the clock and lived on all the open mid-range looks Detroit was giving him.
While Walker and Parker combined to go 19-of-35, Jackson and Ish Smith hit 9-of-27 shots.
The lone bright spot for Detroit in this one was Reggie Bullock, who finally looks like his old self. Bullock shot quickly and confidently from deep, hitting his first five 3s, and going 6-of-9 on the night. He had a team-high 23 points along with Andre Drummond.
Drummond added 22 rebounds to his 23 points for his fifth 20-20 game of the season.
Moral of the story — Detroit’s point guard defense is a big problem, the team doesn’t have enough shooters and the team can’t survive an off Blake night.
How the Pistons remedy any of those issues — I have no idea.