NBA: Hornets power past Pistons in LaMelo Ball's return

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Posted at May 02 2021 10:46 AM

LaMelo Ball #2 of the Charlotte Hornets brings the ball up court during the fourth quarter of their game against the Atlanta Hawks at Spectrum Center on January 09, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. File photo. Jared C. Tilton, Getty Images/AFP

A 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, 29 points from Terry Rozier and the return of LaMelo Ball to the lineup powered the Charlotte Hornets past the Detroit Pistons, 107-94, Saturday in Charlotte.

The Hornets (31-32) led for almost the entirety of the game, but a 20-6 Pistons run from the late third into the fourth quarter pulled Detroit within three points.

From there, Charlotte took over.

Terry Rozier scored eight of his game-high 29 during the Hornets' mid-fourth-quarter run, as Charlotte pushed its lead to 16 points.

Detroit (19-45) cut the margin back down to seven points with less than two minutes remaining, but Rozier knocked down two of his eight 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to effectively put the game away.

Charlotte dominated Detroit in fast-break points, 23-5, and held the Pistons to just 38.5 percent shooting overall.

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Bismack Biyombo keyed the defensive effort with five blocked shots, while Cody Martin came away with a career-high-tying four steals. Biyombo also matched teammate Jaden McDaniels with a game-high nine rebounds.

The Hornets also got three blocked shots from P.J. Washington, and two each from Ball and McDaniels.

Ball played a solid all-around game in his return from a wrist injury that sidelined him since March 20. He finished with 11 points, a game-high eight assists and seven rebounds.

Miles Bridges scored 27 points to go with seven rebounds.

Frank Jackson led Detroit with 25 points, and Saddiq Bey added 22. The duo combined for 11 of Detroit's 13 made 3-pointers.

The Pistons finished 13-of-37 from outside, but shot just 22-of-54 from inside the 3-point arc. Killian Hayes, who had 10 points, six rebounds and six assists, shot 4-of-11 from the floor.

Josh Jackson, one of Detroit's more reliable scorers at 13.6 points per game, went 2-of-10 from the field and finished with five points.

The Pistons were without season-long leading scorer Jerami Grant.

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