The game started with some obscenely bad basketball. The afternoon start time seemed to interfere with nap times, as the teams combined to miss 18 of their first 24 shots. A timeout about halfway through the quarter ignited the offense, and the teams went into the first intermission with the Pistons holding a 27-24 lead.
The Hornets started the second quarter with a quick 8-2 run, prompting a Pistons timeout. The second quarter was a battle between Hornets point guards filling it up from mid range and the Pistons aggressively crashing the offensive glass. Kemba Walker and Tony Parker combined to make 11 2-pointers en route to 22 total points. On the other end, the Pistons gobbled up 13 offensive rebounds to keep the pressure on the Hornets.
A Batum block lead to a Kemba Walker fast break layup early in the 3rd quarter, the third consecutive score for the Hornets as part of a 7-0 start to the third quarter. A trio of Walker free throws came in the midst of a three point barrage from the Hornets. The visitors connected on four straight arc shots, including a step back make from Willy Hernangomez over Andre Drummond. The Hornets lead was cut back down to seven points thanks to five Pistons points in eight seconds, which prompted a very angry James Borrego timeout. A few back and forth buckets set the margin at 83-75 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Hornets capitalized on some cold Pistons shooting to start the quarter. A couple of Miles Bridges buckets were part of eight straight Hornets points to start the quarter. Then Miles Bridges did this:
Blake Griffin undercut Malik Monk while the latter was at the apex of his jump on a layup attempt and was promptly ejected for his actions. Monk converted the ensuing flagrant free throws to put the Hornets at 100 points with the Pistons sitting at 79. The Pistons tried to mount a rally, but Kemba Walker kept them at bay for just long enough to open the door for a Tony Parker dagger. His 3-pointers put the Hornets up 112-100 with 45 seconds to go, before a free throw battle set the final margin.