STEVE REED, Associated Press
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – Kelly Alinique made the leap from the main line in overtime, and the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night defeated Charlotte 127-126, making their first win over the Hornets in nearly 4 and a half years.
Sadique Bay scored 28 points and eight rebounds, and Jeremy Grant added 26 points for Detroit, which has lost to the Hornets 15 games in a row since its last win on October 18, 2017.
Alynik has 20 points and eight rebounds for the Pistons, who have won three of four. Newcomer Cade Cunningham scored 19 points.
Charlotte scored 33 points from Terry Rose and 29 points and 10 rebounds from Miles Bridges. In overtime, “Hornets” fell to 0-6.
PJ Washington – who gave up the game for extra time when he scored an offensive rebound – missed the bench 20 seconds before the end, which would have given Charlotte a three-point lead.
After Cunningham missed the jumper, Detroit won the ball jump 6.8 seconds before the end. Cunningham drove the car but was rigged, which gave the Pistons the ball on the side in 2.1 seconds. The entrance pass went to Alinik near the baseline, he turned around and knocked down the 13-foot.
The Hornets had a chance to win at the end of the main match when LaMella Ball stole a pass to the entrance, but the All-Star Game missed a 16-foot signal. The ball also missed 2 feet after rebounding in overtime and finished 6 of 24 off the field.
Pistons: Outpaced Hornets 54-46.
Hornets: Cody Martin, who missed the team’s last six games before the All-Star break, made a big contribution from the bench, scoring 13 points while shooting 6 out of 6. … Central Mason Plumley entered the game, throwing 37.3% off the penalty line catchy, and somehow managed to lower that number by getting 1 out of 7.
Pistons: In Washington on Tuesday night.
Hornets: In Milwaukee on Monday night.