Saddiq Bey’s Big Night Leads Pistons To Win vs. Hornets

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During the Friday night NBA slate, the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the Charlotte Hornets 118-112 behind Saddiq Bey’s 22 points. On Monday, the Pistons lost 111-105 in Dallas. Wednesday’s home game against the Washington Wizards had to be postponed due to airplane problems and weather in Texas.

“Winning this game is a testament to everyone involved in this team — the players, the coaches and the staff,” Bey said. “We were pretty much stuck on a plane for three days, but we found a way to stay ready and come back here to get the win.”

Detroit outscored Charlotte 26-18 in the fourth quarter as Mason Plumlee missed five free throws.

“The fourth quarter really killed us after we had done a good job for the first three,” Hornets coach Steve Clifford said. “We had five turnovers in the quarter, we went 1 for 7 on 3 — and six of those were good shots — and we missed five free throws. That’s the game right there.”

With 51 rebounds, Detroit outrebounded Charlotte 51-37, led by Jaden Ivey with 24 points and Jalen Duren with 13 points and 13 rebounds.

“It wasn’t pretty, but we did what we needed to do,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “Isaiah had 16 rebounds and six assists and (Duren) had 13. Even Saddiq had eight rebounds with the second unit.”

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Prior to fouling out for the Hornets, LeMelo Ball scored 23 points, had eight assists, and grabbed eight rebounds. In addition, Terry Rozier scored 23 points.

“You have to have an offensive balance — you can’t just score in transition and you can’t just score in the halfcourt,” Clifford said. “We did a good job of scoring early in possessions, but we have to be better in halfcourt sets.”

Plumlee hit a short jumper with 2:34 to play to tie it 108-106 after Bojan Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer. Plumlee missed five of his eight free throw attempts in the third quarter after Ivey made two. During the Hornets’ tying three-point play with 1:20 left, only Plumlee scored between a Washington three with 7:12 remaining and Ball’s play with 1:20 to go. Detroit pulled ahead 115-112 after Bey hit a 3-pointer.

“The building was electric in the last minute,” Bey said. “The rookies were making plays and I knew I needed to knock that one down.”

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As the Hornets took a timeout, Alec Burks hit a pair of free throws to make the score five points. As the fourth quarter began, Charlotte led 94-92, with 98 points scored in the paint combined by the two teams. With 4:31 left, the Hornets had a 106-102 lead thanks to Detroit’s 23 turnovers for 30 points.

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