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Harris scores 24, Pistons blow past Hornets 112-89

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Detroit Pistons could have folded when center Andre Drummond was ejected in the second quarter.

Instead, they rallied for a lopsided win with their talented big man in the locker room, routing the tired-looking Charlotte Hornets 112-89 on Tuesday night.

Harris scored 24 points and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Marcus Morris each had 18 points to lead the Pistons. Ish Smith added 13 points, including two coast-to-coast layups to ignite his team in the third quarter.

The Pistons outscored the Hornets by 23 after Drummond was ejected for a flagrant-2 foul when officials ruled he elbowed Roy Hibbert in the head. Drummond laughed and shook his head as he walked off the floor, flabbergasted that he had been ejected.

''I thought that was a key part of the game right there,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''We were down after the play so to come back and be up three at the half was good.''

Drummond said he didn't do it on purpose.

''I don't make the rules,'' Drummond said. ''I just play the game. They felt that I had done something maliciously. Everybody who knows me knows that's the type player I am. At the end of the day, it wasn't my call so I took the consequences and walked off the floor.''

Said Harris: ''It says a lot about our team, but most importantly about guys like Aron (Baynes) and Jon (Leuer) to fill in for that role and be productive and bring the energy that he had when he was playing when he was out there.''

Kemba Walker had 23 points for the Hornets, who were playing their fourth game in five nights.

Hornets coach Steve Clifford refused to use that as an excuse.

''We can come in here and do the preverbal it's five (games) in seven (nights), but if you do that, to me, you have the wrong expectations of what our team should be,'' Clifford said

The Pistons hadn't played since Saturday and looked much fresher throughout the game.

Detroit took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter after Caldwell-Pope knocked down a pair of 3-pointers late in the third. Things got sloppy from there with the Hornets turning the ball over frequently on bad passes, and the game quickly turned into a blowout.

Hornets center Cody Zeller said ''there will always be tough nights, but we need to find ways to win those.''

TIP INS

Pistons: The win snapped a three-game road losing streak. ... The Pistons had a season-high 12 3-pointers.

Hornets: Walker sent Smith falling to the floor in the second quarter when he faked a drive then stepped back to drain a 3-pointer. ... Walker has scored 20 or more points in 15 of the Charlotte's 18 games this season. ... Charlotte fell to 5-5 at home.

DRUMMOND EJECTED

There is a history between Drummond and Hibbert. Hibbert said back in 2013 he was no longer a fan of Drummond after claiming he talked too much trash.

CHARLOTTE TROUBLES

Clifford said he's concerned about two things - the Hornets being 5-5 at home and 1-3 on the tail end of back-to-backs.

''If those things continue to happen then we certainly are not going to be in the position where we need to be,'' Clifford said.

SMITH HOMECOMING

Smith is a Charlotte native, so he enjoyed getting a win against the Hornets.

''It was good to see my family and friends and coaches and mentors who helped me along the way,'' Smith said. ''But it's a business trip. We'll be back in a week and it won't be any easier.''

LAMB HURT AGAIN

Charlotte's Jeremy Lamb left on the first possession of the fourth quarter after banging knees with another player. He had been playing well after missing 10 games with a hamstring injury.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Detroit has a back-to-back on the road, traveling to Boston to face the Celtics.

Hornets: Charlotte is back at home Thursday night when it hosts the Dallas Mavericks, who are 1-9 on the road this season.

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Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
K. Walker
15 PG
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
24.3 Pts. Per Game 24.3
4.9 Ast. Per Game 4.9
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
51.2 Field Goal % 47.5
100.0 Three Point % 43.4
46.3 Free Throw % 79.4
+ 2 Michael Gbinije made tip-in 0:15
+ 2 Michael Gbinije made tip-in 0:15
  Offensive rebound by Michael Gbinije 0:15
  Michael Gbinije missed layup 0:15
+ 1 Brian Roberts made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:30
+ 1 Brian Roberts made 1st of 2 free throws 0:30
  Personal foul on Darrun Hilliard 0:30
+ 1 Tobias Harris made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:40
+ 1 Tobias Harris made 1st of 2 free throws 0:40
  Shooting foul on Aaron Harrison 0:40
+ 3 Marco Belinelli made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Brian Roberts 0:56
Team Stats
Points 112 89
Field Goals 45-92 (48.9%) 31-78 (39.7%)
3-Pointers 12-28 (42.9%) 9-27 (33.3%)
Free Throws 10-11 (90.9%) 18-21 (85.7%)
Total Rebounds 53 45
Offensive 9 5
Defensive 35 35
Team 9 5
Assists 21 21
Steals 7 7
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 12 13
Fouls 19 16
Technicals 0 1
18 PTS, 7 REB, 7 AST
23 PTS, 2 REB, 4 AST
1234T
away team logo Pistons 9-10 33242728112
home team logo Hornets 10-8 2529201589
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 9-10 98.0 PPG 42.3 RPG 23.0 APG
home team logo Hornets 10-8 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
T. Harris SF PPG RPG APG FG%
K. Walker PG PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
T. Harris SF 24 PTS 7 REB 2 AST
K. Walker PG 23 PTS 2 REB 4 AST
48.9 FG% 39.7
42.9 3PT FG% 33.3
90.9 FT% 85.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Harris 24 7 2 9/12 3/5 3/3 1 36 1 2 2 0 7 0 36
M. Morris 18 4 0 8/18 2/6 0/0 3 36 1 0 1 0 4 0 22
K. Caldwell-Pope 18 7 7 6/14 4/8 2/2 2 32 1 1 1 2 5 0 40
I. Smith 13 2 3 6/10 0/3 1/1 2 25 1 0 0 0 2 0 22
A. Drummond 3 6 1 1/6 0/0 1/1 1 13 0 1 0 1 5 0 12
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Harris 24 7 2 9/12 3/5 3/3 1 36 1 2 2 0 7 0 36
M. Morris 18 4 0 8/18 2/6 0/0 3 36 1 0 1 0 4 0 22
K. Caldwell-Pope 18 7 7 6/14 4/8 2/2 2 32 1 1 1 2 5 0 40
I. Smith 13 2 3 6/10 0/3 1/1 2 25 1 0 0 0 2 0 22
A. Drummond 3 6 1 1/6 0/0 1/1 1 13 0 1 0 1 5 0 12
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
J. Leuer 12 7 1 5/12 1/3 1/1 3 32 1 0 2 2 5 0 20
A. Baynes 8 8 0 3/7 0/0 2/2 3 23 0 0 2 3 5 0 14
B. Udrih 7 1 7 3/5 1/1 0/0 2 20 1 0 2 0 1 0 21
D. Hilliard 5 0 0 2/4 1/2 0/1 2 9 1 0 0 0 0 0 6
M. Gbinije 2 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 3
S. Johnson 2 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 10 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
B. Marjanovic 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 44 21 45/92 12/28 10/11 19 240 7 4 12 9 35 0 198
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 23 2 4 9/16 4/7 1/2 1 31 2 1 3 1 1 0 33
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 10 4 0 3/7 0/0 4/4 3 32 1 1 0 1 3 0 16
N. Batum 8 11 5 3/11 2/5 0/0 1 30 0 0 2 1 10 0 27
C. Zeller 8 10 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 28 1 1 2 2 8 0 18
F. Kaminsky 2 3 3 1/11 0/6 0/0 2 27 0 0 1 0 3 0 10
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Walker 23 2 4 9/16 4/7 1/2 1 31 2 1 3 1 1 0 33
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 10 4 0 3/7 0/0 4/4 3 32 1 1 0 1 3 0 16
N. Batum 8 11 5 3/11 2/5 0/0 1 30 0 0 2 1 10 0 27
C. Zeller 8 10 0 4/6 0/0 0/0 3 28 1 1 2 2 8 0 18
F. Kaminsky 2 3 3 1/11 0/6 0/0 2 27 0 0 1 0 3 0 10
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Belinelli 11 2 2 4/10 1/4 2/2 1 25 0 1 0 0 2 0 18
S. Hawes 8 2 0 3/5 2/2 0/0 1 17 1 0 3 0 2 0 8
R. Sessions 7 1 3 2/4 0/0 3/4 1 13 0 0 1 0 1 0 13
R. Hibbert 4 1 2 1/2 0/0 2/3 1 13 2 0 0 0 1 0 11
J. Lamb 4 1 1 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 13 0 1 1 0 1 0 7
B. Roberts 4 1 1 0/0 0/0 4/4 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 7
A. Harrison 0 1 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
T. Graham 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 4 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
C. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 89 40 21 31/78 9/27 18/21 16 241 7 5 13 5 35 0 170