Hornets 105, Pistons 86By Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Mon, Feb 11, 2013 10:10 PM EST
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Ryan Anderson had 31 points to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 105-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace on Monday. Robin Lopez supplied 23 points for New Orleans, which had lost seven of its last 10. Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans (18-34). Rodney Stuckey's 19 points led Detroit (20-33), which had won its last two games. Greg Monroe had 17 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double, the longest such streak by a Piston since Ben Wallace recorded seven straight in February 2003. A matchup between two of the league's top frontcourt rookies, New Orleans' Anthony Davis and Detroit's Andre Drummond, was scuttled last week when Drummond was declared out 4-6 weeks because of a stress fracture to his fifth lumbar vertebra. Davis, the top pick in the draft, had just one point but made four blocks. Austin Rivers' fast-break layup after a Greivis Vasquez steal gave New Orleans a 66-48 lead with 7:11 left in the third. A corner 3-pointer by Anderson less than three minutes later nudged the advantage to 19 and a three-point play by Vasquez made it 75-55. The Pistons turned up their backcourt pressure in an attempt to rally but could only get within 15 early in the fourth. Kyle Singler's three-point play and Stuckey's layup finally got the margin down to 12 at with 3:54 remaining. Anderson then delivered the clincher, firing in another 3-pointer. Lopez and Anderson combined for 32 points in the first half as New Orleans grabbed a 55-41 halftime lead. The Hornets' shot-blocking limited the Pistons' penetration moves in the first half and reduced them to a bad jump shooting team. New Orleans had seven blocks before halftime, and the Pistons offense disintegrated in the second quarter as they shot 4-for-16 from the field. Lopez scored 13 in the first quarter, and Anderson matched that in the second, including a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to end the half. NOTES: Hornets guard Eric Gordon sat out on the second game of a back-to-back to protect his oft-injured right knee. Rivers started in his place. ... The Pistons rank fifth in rebounds per game (43.8) after finishing 27th last season at 40.3. ... Monroe has 20 20-point, 10-rebound game since the 2011-12 season. Only three Eastern Conference players have more -- LeBron James, Dwight Howard and Josh Smith. ...Corey Maggette, the Pistons' highest-paid player, is healthy but hasn't appeared in a game since Dec. 15. ... Vasquez averaged 19 points and 10 assists in his last three outings. ... New Orleans has used seven lineups this season, compared to 27 during the lockout-shortened season a year ago. ... Lopez carried a career-best streak of seven straight double-digit games into Monday's action. He was shooting 64.3 percent during that stretch. ... Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said the recent acquisition of point guard Jose Calderon from Toronto has made his other players more unselfish. "It's all contagious," he said. "Once that ball starts moving and you see a guy give up shots, the next guy is more prone to doing it as well."
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