Kelly Oubre Jr., the hornets rule the pistons


January 5, 2022; Charlotte, North Carolina, United States; Charlotte Hornets forward Miles Bridges (0) dunks over Detroit Pistons guard Cade Cunningham (2) during first quarter action at the Spectrum Center. Mandatory Credit: Brian Westerholt-USA TODAY Sports

Kelly Oubre Jr. had nine career-high 3-pointers to reach 32 points as the Charlotte Hornets whipped the Detroit Pistons 140-111 on Wednesday night.

Oubre was 10 for 16 overall on the field, attempting 14 3-pointers. Eight of his 3 came in the fourth quarter for the Hornets, who scored 24 of 42 3 points in the game.

Miles Bridges and Gordon Hayward each scored 19 points to help the Hornets break a two-game skid. Terry Rozier had 16 points, PJ Washington scored 14 and LaMelo Ball 12 points, 12 assists and eight rebounds.

Trey Lyles led the Pistons with 17 points. Cade Cunningham added 16 points, Josh Jackson scored 15 and Saddiq Bey scored 11. Micah Potter scored eight points but did not score in the second half.

The Pistons have lost 11 of their last 12 road games, but they were coming off Monday’s shocking victory in Milwaukee.

Lyles scored eight points in under three minutes in the third quarter to keep the Pistons in range at 84-70. Charlotte responded with a 16-5 run to finish the quarter.

The margin fell to 36 points less than four minutes after the start of the fourth quarter.

Bridges had 11 points in the first quarter as the Hornets built a 37-19 advantage. Charlotte was 7 for 11 of 3 in the quarterback, while the Hornets had 13 points from reserves.

The lead was reduced to 60-41 before Detroit’s strong stretch in the final 2 1/2 minutes of half time brought the Pistons closer to 65-51 at the break.

The Hornets, who started a three-game homestand, put Washington back in action after more than a week in COVID protocol and he was the first player used off the bench.

– Media at field level

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