Saddiq Bey scored 22 points, including a tiebreaking 3-pointer with 32.1 seconds left, and the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-112 on Friday night. The Pistons were playing for the first time since a 111-105 loss in Dallas on Monday. The team was stuck in Texas until Thursday by a combination of airplane problems and weather, forcing the postponement of Wednesday's home game against the Washington Wizards. “Winning this game is a testament to everyone involved in this team — the players, the coaches and the staff,” Bey said.
While the Orlando Magic and Charlotte Hornets haven't been overly successful, they sure tend to be feisty. The Magic won 127-120 on Friday night at Minnesota in a game that was marred by a third-quarter brawl. Mo Bamba and JalenSuggs of the Magic were among the players ejected. Fortunately for Orlando, Cole Anthony came through with a big effort off the bench to help seal the victory against the Timberwolves.
It was actually fitting for the Charlotte Hornets to play on Groundhog Day. The same issues that have cropped up all season long were a problem yet again Thursday night at the United Center: Careless turnovers.