For the second straight road game, the Hornets dug themselves a sizeable early hole, climbed all the way out of it, but ultimately lost. Much like the defeat in Philadelphia four days ago, tonight New Orleans (20-18) began sluggishly, trailing by 15 points after the first quarter and by 11 at halftime.
The Hornets ultimately forced overtime on Chris Pauls driving floater with 24.9 seconds left in regulation, but Detroit (13-25) held a 14-8 scoring edge in the extra period. The Pistons won their second straight game, after they had lost 13 in a row.
A few other developments from tonight:
Marcus Thornton continues to earn more minutes. The LSU product put together a fourth straight double-digit scoring game and logged 30 minutes, with starter Devin Brown (21 minutes, 0-for-3 shooting) having an off night.
The bench is in the midst of its best stretch of the season. Darius Songaila has been a constant all season; James Posey continues to play well in his return from offseason knee surgery. Both Darren Collison and Julian Wright were on the floor for about eight minutes and made several quality plays. Unfortunately, every starter for New Orleans was on the negative side of the ledger in plus-minus in this game.
Early in the season, rebounding was a problem area for the Hornets, and its cropped up again a bit lately. For the third time in the last four games, they were outrebounded by a decisive margin, this time 46-31. Even more glaringly, the Hornets only had two offensive rebounds.
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