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Pistons, Hornets cap 10-day sequences

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Pistons at Charlotte Hornets

  1. Charlotte defeated the Pistons at home on December 12, 108-107, courtesy of a buzzer-beating shot by Jeremy Lamb. The Hornets have won four straight in the series overall, their longest win streak against Detroit since a five-gamer in 1998 and 1999.
  2. The Hornets have scored 100 or more points in 16 straight games. That's their longest such streak within a single season since a franchise-record 20-game streak in the 1992-93 campaign.
  3. Detroit played its NBA-high fifth overtime game of the season on Wednesday in Minnesota, winning 129-123. The Pistons' 20 three-pointers made were tied for the second most in franchise history, trailing only the 23 they made this past April 8 in Memphis.
  4. Blake Griffin (34) and Reggie Bullock (career-high 33) led Detroit in scoring on Wednesday. It was the first game in which the Pistons had two players score 33 or more points since January 21, 1994 at Miami, with Joe Dumars (35) and Terry Mills (34).
  5. Since the start of last season, Andre Drummond has 46 games with at least 15 points and 15 rebounds. No other NBA player has more than 25 such games over that span (Karl-Anthony Towns, Min).
  6. After scoring just four points in Saturday's loss to the Lakers -- his fewest in a game in the last three seasons -- Kemba Walker had 30 in Wednesday's win over Cleveland. Walker is averaging 27.5 points per game versus Eastern Conference opponents this season, compared to 17.1 per game versus the West.

CHARLOTTE -- The Detroit Pistons and Charlotte Hornets both cap entertaining 10-day sequences when they meet for a second time book-ending the stretch on Friday night.

Charlotte's 108-107 home win over the Pistons last Wednesday provided one of the NBA's snippets of the year when Hornets owner Michael Jordan was seen bopping Malik Monk on the back of the head for having received a potentially costly technical foul in the final second of the dramatic win.

Jordan's reaction came after Jeremy Lamb had hit what appeared to be a buzzer-beating, tie-breaking jumper that put the Hornets ahead of the Pistons 108-106.

Monk and fellow reserve Bismack Biyombo celebrated the win prematurely, rushing onto the court without noticing that there was still three-tenths of a second on the clock.

Monk was assessed a technical foul, which the Pistons converted to get within 108-107, before failing to connect on a desperation heave on their ensuing possession.

Jordan was caught on television physically reprimanding Monk for his blunder.

Afterward, Hornets coach James Borrego and game hero Lamb admitted they got caught up in the moment as well before the referees sorted out the proper punishment.

"My heart stopped for a second there," Borrego admitted to reporters afterward.

"I thought they were going to call like three techs, get three free throws -- something like that," Lamb noted.

Interestingly, with all eye on him, Monk has been on a roller-coaster ride ever since the incident.

He contributed nine points, just below his season average of 10.6, in Charlotte's 126-124 overtime loss to New York, before exploding for 19 in 27 minutes in a 128-100 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers.

Monk then never left the bench in Wednesday's 110-99 win over Cleveland.

The Pistons have responded well from the near-miss at Charlotte, winning two of three, beating Boston on Saturday to end the Celtics' eight-game winning streak, before outlasting Minnesota on the road Wednesday in an overtime affair.

In between, they dropped another narrow decision, this one 107-104 to Milwaukee.

"Guys were just making the right plays," Pistons star Blake Griffin explained to reporters after the 129-123 win over the Timberwolves. "We did it against Boston. We didn't do it against Milwaukee. We did it tonight. That's what made the difference."

The Hornets, meanwhile, now need a second home win over the Pistons in order to complete the 10-day home stay with a winning record.

Charlotte was able to win the first meeting despite getting outshot 46.5 percent to 41.2 from the field and getting outscored 39-27 on 3-pointers.

The difference in the game came at the free throw line, where the Hornets converted 29 of 37, while the Pistons made just 14 of 21.

Kemba Walker (31 points) and Tony Parker (16) did nearly half their scoring at the line, with Walker going 11-for-13 and Parker 6-for-7.

On the other hand, Griffin, one of the NBA's leaders in free throw attempts, didn't make the most of his nine trips to the stripe, going just 5-for-9.

Updated December 20, 2018

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