The game started the way most Hornets games start these days—poorly. The Hornets fell behind 11-2 in the first three and a half minutes of the game. The Hornets were flat and struggled to get into their offense. They found their groove a bit as the quarter wore on, but they didn’t get the stops required to pull the Pistons closer. After one, the Hornets trailed by ten.
The young Kentucky products kickstarted the Hornets offense in the second. A couple Malik Monk buckets and a PJ Washington 3-pointer started a run that pulled the Hornets within a point just over four minutes into the second quarter. The good times wouldn’t last long however, and the Hornets finished the first half in much the same way they started it. After the Hornets pulled within one, the Pistons outscored the Hornets 22-9 heading into the halftime break.
Whatever James Borrego said at the break worked. The Hornets came out of halftime with loads more energy than they played with in the first. 3-pointers from Terry Rozier, PJ Washington, and Miles Bridges pulled the Hornets close in just over two minutes. After some back and forth, Cody Zeller hit a 3-pointer at the third quarter buzzer to tie the game up at 83 heading into the fourth quarter.
The Hornets started the fourth quarter strong and looked to be in control of the game for most of the period. That changed in a flash after a Pistons timeout with 3:43 left in the game. Langston Galloway, Derrick Rose, and Langston Galloway hit three straight 3-pointers to turn a six point deficit into a three point lead with under a minute to play. Marvin Williams answered the bell with a corner 3-pointer off a nice find by Devonte’ Graham with 22 seconds remaining. The Pistons elected not to use their final timeout, and Derrick Rose drove into traffic and threw the ball away. The Hornets had one second to become a winner.
Malik Monk’s strong run of play continues, and this moment should only boost his confidence even further.
Terry Rozier joined Monk with 19 points to lead the Hornets. Devonte’ Graham notched another double double with 18 points and 10 assists.
The Hornets will be a tough out on a nightly basis if they play like they did in the second half. Now it’s about doing that consistently. Up next is a visit to Madison Square Garden to take on the Knicks on Saturday night.