The Hornets tried to get Al Jefferson involved early and often throughout the first quarter. They were running sets to get him deep post position on Drummond and for the most part it worked, with Big Al putting in eight points in the opening period. The defense was off, however, not rotating fast enough against the Pistons' heavy pick-and-roll scheme. They also couldn't quite get in a rhythm offensively, giving the ball away six times in the first quarter alone.
The Hornets' depth and second unit haven't been up to par this preseason, and it showed in the second quarter when the Pistons went on a 9-0 run to push the lead to start the quarter. The Hornets turned the ball over 13 times and allowed Detroit to shoot 51.4 percent from the floor. Still, the Hornets were able to close the gap to one right before half, aided by shooting 41.7 percent from behind the arc.
The kinks carried over to the second half, where both teams couldn't get into a rhythm. The Hornets' shooting percentage plummeted to 39.7 percent from the field. Their 3-point shooting kept them in it, however, as they shot 40 percent through the first three quarters. Lin carried the offense during several stretches to keep the Hornets in the game and finished the quarter with 15 points on 4-of-8 shooting. Despite the lack of flow and poor shooting efforts, the Hornets only trailed by six at the end of three.
The only way to describe the fourth quarter, and really the entire game, is by saying acknowledging that you are watching a preseason game. It ended up being a close game for all the wrong reasons with the Hornets holding on long enough to win, 99-94. Nicolas Batum had 18 points, 10 rebounds, five assists while Jeremy Lin added 18 points, five rebounds, five assists.
The Hornets are now 7-0 in the preseason, with their next game coming tomorrow night against the Indiana Pacers.