Complete – March 25, 2016 – 7:30 PM ET – The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan – Attendance: 17,209 – Duration: 2 Hours, 15 Minutes
Referee #74 Curtis Blair
Referee #29 Mark Lindsay
Referee #48 Scott Foster
Player Stats
GKemba Walker3029520010
SGCourtney Lee288111011
SGNicolas Batum2610771012
GJeremy Lin234330113
SGJeremy Lamb2211153030
FMarvin Williams227220000
CCody Zeller218060130
CAl Jefferson208171041
CFrank Kaminsky173010020
SGTroy Daniels94010010
FSpencer Hawes95240000
FTyler Hansbrough85030030
GJorge Gutierrez53202010
Player Stats
SGKentavious Caldwell-Pope3721472012
FMarcus Morris3520070033
CAndre Drummond29180140310
GReggie Jackson2917760044
FTobias Harris287571130
FStanley Johnson222140040
FAnthony Tolliver2011080101
GSteve Blake190511102
CAron Baynes1916080052
GReggie Bullock20000010
GSpencer Dinwiddie00000000
CJoel Anthony00000000
GDarrun Hilliard00000000
Pistons 112, Hornets 105

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 16 of his 21 points in the second half and the Detroit Pistons extended their winning streak to five games by holding off the Charlotte Hornets 112-105 on Friday night at The Palace.

Caldwell-Pope, who missed Detroit’s previous game with an illness, also contributed seven rebounds and four assists.

Marcus Morris scored 20 points — all but one in the first half — for the Pistons (39-34), who lead the Chicago Bulls by two games for the eighth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Andre Drummond posted his league-high 60th double-double with 18 points and 14 points as Detroit led from virtually start to finish.

Reggie Jackson chipped in 17 points, six rebounds and seven assists for the Pistons, who are 5-1 during their franchise-record nine-game homestand. Aron Baynes added 16 points and eight rebounds

Kemba Walker’s 29 points led the Hornets (41-31), who entered the night trailing first-place Atlanta by a half game in the Southeast Division. It was just Charlotte’s third loss in the last 14 games.

Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer early in the third quarter made it 77-58 and another one in transition upped the lead to 86-63. He finished the quarter with 14 points as Detroit took a 98-76 lead into the fourth.

When Caldwell-Pope dunked with 9:20 left, the lead was up to 26 at 104-78. But the Hornets made a frantic comeback and got the Pistons’ advantage down to 108-103 in the final minute after Jeremy Lamb’s 3-pointer. Jackson and Baynes sealed the Detroit win with free throws.

Morris and Drummond combined for 33 points and 15 rebounds in the first half to power Detroit to a 72-56 halftime lead. The halftime point total was a Pistons season high and the first time they reached 70 by the break.

The Pistons reeled off 12 straight points after Hornets forward Marvin Williams’ three-point play that opened the scoring. They never looked back, leading by double digits most of the way.

The only thing that went right for the Hornets during the half was Walker’s outside shooting. He poured in 25 points, including a shot from beyond midcourt just before the second-quarter buzzer.

NOTES: The Hornets won 19 of their last 24 games and Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy pointed to an improved roster. “You look at how many more skilled players they have than they did a year ago, they’ve really transformed their team,” he said. … Charlotte has eight players who can become free agents at the end of the season, but coach Steve Clifford doesn’t worry about individual agendas. “You want to make more money, play on a team that wins,” he said. … The Hornets won the first two meetings by an average of 19.5 points. … The Pistons are 20-5 when all of their starters score in double figures. … Detroit SGs Lorenzo Brown and Jodie Meeks were inactive. Brown has not played since signing a 10-day contract on March 1. … Hornets PG Kemba Walker has 12 of their 16 30-point games this season.

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