Hornets cruise past Pistons

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen
The Hornets' Robin Lopez.

Sixth man Ryan Anderson had 31 points, three shy of his career high, to lead the New Orleans Hornets to a 105-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills last night.

Center Robin Lopez supplied 23 points and 10 rebounds for New Orleans, which had lost seven of its last 10. Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points and 14 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey's 19 points led Detroit, which had won its last two games, and Greg Monroe had 17 points and 11 rebounds for his seventh straight double-double.

The Hornets blocked 10 shots, and their ability to seal off the lane disrupted Detroit's offense. The Hornets had a 48-44 edge in paint points and held the Pistons to 35.8 percent shooting, their worst outing since they shot 34.1 percent at Dallas on Dec. 1.

The Hornets finished the first half on a 14-5 run to take a 55-41 halftime lead. Lopez had two inside baskets and a block during that stretch, and Anderson finished it off with a pair of 3-pointers. The Pistons never got closer than 12 in the second half.