Charlotte Hornets: Latest win over Pistons keeps playoff hopes alive

The Charlotte Hornets needed a big win on Sunday night, and they pulled it off in relieving fashion over the Detroit Pistons.

On Sunday night, the Charlotte Hornets would find their self in a game that had a playoff-type atmosphere. Thankfully, Charlotte pulled off a huge 104-91 victory on the road against the Detroit Pistons.

This game would start off close, but the Hornets began to pull away in the second quarter. Both teams would go to the locker room at the half with the score being 60-42. Everything seemed liked smooth sailing, but the Hornets would be humbled late in the third quarter.

After the score was as close as a one-point game, the Hornets would ultimately pull away in the final five minutes of the game. The Hornets would win by thirteen points, complimentary of Frank Kaminsky and Kemba Walker.

Kemba would lead all scorers in the game with thirty-one points, while his teammate Kaminsky finished the game with a new season high of twenty-four points off the pine. Jeremy Lamb would also finish the game with seventeen points off the bench.

While the Hornets lost in the rebound category, they were still able to beat the Pistons while having more points in the paint with 48-42. This category was one of the main reasons that Charlotte won.

The Pistons are not an easy team to beat in this scoring category, due to their two bruisers up front, Blake Griffin and Andre Drummond. Charlotte was able to beat these guys due to their great ball movement.

It should also be noted that the Hornets are currently ranked 2nd in the NBA for the least amount of turnovers per game. The Hornets kept up their reputation in this category by only committing seven turnovers on Sunday night.

The Hornets are on a three-game winning streak now, and this win moves them closer to playoff contention. If everything continues to play out nicely for Charlotte, they could be looking at a playoff sealing game at home on Wednesday night against the Orlando Magic.

Before this, the Hornets must look to get a victory on the road against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night. The last time the Charlotte Hornets won on the road in Cleveland, was on April 5th, 2014; the stakes are high in this game.