National Basketball Association
Charlotte 102, Detroit 99
When: 7:00 PM ET, Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Where: Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan
Officials: #29 Mark Lindsay, #63 Derek Richardson, #67 Brandon Adair
Attendance: 750

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

Top Game Performances
Charlotte   Detroit
LaMelo Ball 23 Scoring Hamidou Diallo 35
LaMelo Ball 6 Assists Killian Hayes 7
Jalen McDaniels 12 Rebounds Saddiq Bey 9
LaMelo Ball 6 Free Throws Made Frank Jackson 4
Jalen McDaniels 3 Steals Sekou Doumbouya 1
Bismack Biyombo 2 Blocks Hamidou Diallo 1
Team Stats Summary
Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Charlotte 102 40.9 8-31 18-24 23 51 5 8 8
Detroit 99 45.9 9-32 12-20 21 46 3 3 13
Upcoming Games
  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Memphis. The Pistons have a W/L % of .105 after a win and .362 after a loss.
  • Charlotte will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Hornets have a W/L % of .452 after a win and .529 after a loss.