LaMelo Ball scored 23 points to lead the Charlotte Hornets to a 102-99 road win over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday.
Terry Rozier scored 18 points and Caleb Martin added 17 points for Charlotte (32-33), which moved 1 1/2 games ahead of the idle Indiana Pacers for eighth place in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Hamidou Diallo scored a career-high 35 points and Sekou Doumbouya contributed a season-high 20 points for Detroit (19-47), which lost its fourth game in a row and fell for the seventh time in eight contests. The Pistons own the worst record in the East.
Charlotte held a 100-95 lead with 41.9 seconds remaining, but a 3-pointer by Diallo with 31.7 seconds left pulled Detroit within 100-98.
Following a Charlotte turnover, Detroit put the ball in the hands of Killian Hayes, who was fouled on a drive to the basket with 9.4 seconds remaining. Hayes split the two free throws to cut the deficit to 100-99.
Ball was then fouled with 5.8 seconds remaining and made both free throws to give Charlotte a three-point lead.
Detroit had one last chance to tie, but Hayes missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.
Trailing 88-80 with 7:14 left, the Pistons scored the next seven points and were down by one with 4:54 remaining following a 3-pointer and another basket by Diallo.
However, Charlotte quickly responded, scoring six straight to grow its lead to 94-87 with 3:43 left.
Detroit answered back, cutting the gap to 94-92 with 2:52 to go on a 3-pointer by Saddiq Bey.
After leading 53-49 at halftime, Charlotte built a 78-68 edge with 59 seconds left in the third quarter. However, the Pistons scored the final four points of the quarter to close within six going into the fourth.
Charlotte outrebounded Detroit 51-46 and committed only eight turnovers to win for the second time in its past five games.
–Field Level Media
More in Sports
Huascar Ynoa pitched six strong innings and won his fourth straight start and the...
Nikola Vucevic recorded a double-double with 29 points and 16 rebounds, Zach LaVine added...
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf showed his attempt to qualify for next month’s...
Johnny Gaudreau and Matthew Tkachuk both collected one goal and two assists and the...
Gadi Kinda’s goal in the 90th minute lifted Sporting Kansas City to a 2-1...
Martin Truex Jr. won for the third time in the 2021 season Sunday when...
Evil Geniuses and Undying continued their winning ways Sunday, earning victories to remain undefeated...
Canelo Alvarez stopped Billy Joe Saunders after eight rounds Saturday night to win their...
Rory McIlroy shot 3-under-par 68 to win his first PGA tournament in more than...
Fifth-seeded Alexander Zverev recovered from a first-set loss to record a 6-7 (8), 6-4,...