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Pistons hold off Hornets when Belinelli's shot is too late

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) It was a shot that would have been replayed for years - if it had actually counted.

Instead, Marco Belinelli gets points for creativity, but the Detroit Pistons held on for the win.

Belinelli's bank shot from 3-point range was disallowed because it came too late, and his Charlotte Hornets lost 115-114 to the Pistons on Thursday night. With Charlotte down by one, Belinelli was inbounding from the sideline with 0.5 seconds left. He bounced the ball off a defender and back to himself, then quickly released a wild shot that went in off the glass.

The basket was waved off immediately, and a video review confirmed that Belinelli hadn't beaten the buzzer.

It was close, though.

''It was a good idea by Marco, but with 0.5 seconds left, you probably don't have time to do anything where more than one person touches the ball,'' Hornets coach Steve Clifford said.

Kemba Walker scored 20 of his 32 points in the final period, helping Charlotte rally from a 19-point fourth-quarter deficit.

Reggie Jackson put Detroit up 115-113 when he made two free throws with 1.9 seconds remaining. Marcus Morris was called for a foul while Charlotte was trying to inbound at the other end, giving the Hornets one free throw and the ball. Belinelli made it to pull Charlotte within one.

Jackson knocked the ensuing inbounds pass out of bounds, leaving 0.5 seconds on the clock. Belinelli then tried his tricky move, but there wasn't quite enough time to pull it off.

Boban Marjanovic had 15 points and a career-high 19 rebounds, helping the Pistons overcome Andre Drummond's foul trouble. The 7-foot-3 Marjanovic had played only 76 minutes all season, but the Pistons had little choice but to go to him when Drummond was whistled for his second foul with 6:42 left in the first quarter. Backup center Aron Baynes was out with a sprained left ankle.

By halftime, Marjanovic had 10 points and 11 rebounds, eight of which came at the offensive end. The Hornets didn't seem ready for the 28-year-old from Serbia, who was able to position himself near the basket and simply reach above other players for rebounds.

''Great, great, great effort,'' Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''Even ran the floor a couple of times for post seals.''

Drummond picked up his fourth foul with 10:42 remaining in the third, so Marjanovic came back in and grabbed seven more rebounds by the time that period was over. He finished the game with only four field goal attempts and was 9 of 11 on free throws.

''I (have) good size,'' Marjanovic said. ''They don't allow me to make easy baskets. They put me on free throw line.''

Detroit scored the final nine points of the third and led 85-70 after Morris made a 33-footer at the buzzer. Charlotte then scored 44 points in the fourth, and the game came down to the wire.

Tobias Harris scored 25 points for the Pistons, and Jackson had 22 points and 11 assists.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Charlotte was 5 of 22 from the field in the second quarter but still outscored Detroit 22-21 in the period. The Hornets trailed 58-48 at halftime. ... The Hornets were without 7-footer Cody Zeller, who has been going through the NBA's concussion protocol.

Pistons: Detroit had lost eight of 10. ... Morris had 20 points and 10 rebounds.

TURNOVERS

The Pistons and Hornets came into the game averaging 12 turnovers apiece - the best marks in the NBA. They combined for 12 in this game - five for Charlotte and seven for Detroit.

UP NEXT

Hornets: At San Antonio on Saturday night in the second of five straight games on the road.

Pistons: At Portland on Saturday night to start a five-game trip of their own.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 1 Marco Belinelli made free throw 0:02
  Personal foul on Marcus Morris 0:02
  Personal foul on Marcus Morris 0:02
  20-second timeout called 0:02
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Kemba Walker 0:02
  Personal foul on Kemba Walker 0:02
+ 3 Spencer Hawes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 0:09
+ 3 Spencer Hawes made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Marco Belinelli 0:09
Team Stats
Points 114 115
Field Goals 37-91 (40.7%) 39-97 (40.2%)
3-Pointers 10-26 (38.5%) 10-28 (35.7%)
Free Throws 30-34 (88.2%) 27-32 (84.4%)
Total Rebounds 56 65
Offensive 8 16
Defensive 41 41
Team 7 8
Assists 20 24
Steals 4 2
Blocks 5 6
Turnovers 5 7
Fouls 23 23
Technicals 0 1
32 PTS, 7 REB, 5 AST
22 PTS, 2 REB, 11 AST
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away team logo Hornets 19-17 26222244114
home team logo Pistons 17-21 37212730115
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 19-17 114.9 PPG 45 RPG 24.8 APG
home team logo Pistons 17-21 109.8 PPG 48.4 RPG 21.0 APG
Key Players
K. Walker PG 28.7 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.1 APG 45.8 FG%
T. Harris SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Walker PG 32 PTS 7 REB 5 AST
T. Harris SF 25 PTS 2 REB 1 AST
40.7 FG% 40.2
38.5 3PT FG% 35.7
88.2 FT% 84.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 36 32 7 5 0 0 3 4 12/24 4/9 4/5 1 6 46 0
M. Williams 29 19 7 2 0 1 0 0 6/11 2/3 5/7 1 6 31 0
N. Batum 25 9 4 5 0 0 2 2 1/8 0/2 7/7 0 4 21 0
R. Hibbert 19 8 6 1 0 3 0 4 3/3 0/0 2/2 2 4 19 0
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 27 8 13 0 0 0 0 2 2/5 0/0 4/4 4 9 21 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 36 32 7 5 0 0 3 4 12/24 4/9 4/5 1 6 46 0
M. Williams 29 19 7 2 0 1 0 0 6/11 2/3 5/7 1 6 31 0
N. Batum 25 9 4 5 0 0 2 2 1/8 0/2 7/7 0 4 21 0
R. Hibbert 19 8 6 1 0 3 0 4 3/3 0/0 2/2 2 4 19 0
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 27 8 13 0 0 0 0 2 2/5 0/0 4/4 4 9 21 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Hawes 28 18 4 3 0 1 0 3 6/13 3/5 3/3 0 4 29 0
F. Kaminsky 20 7 4 0 0 0 0 2 3/6 1/2 0/0 0 4 11 0
R. Sessions 22 6 1 3 1 0 0 1 3/8 0/2 0/0 0 1 14 0
M. Belinelli 21 5 2 1 2 0 0 2 0/6 0/0 5/6 0 2 11 0
J. Lamb 13 2 1 0 1 0 0 3 1/7 0/3 0/0 0 1 4 0
B. Roberts - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Harrison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Graham - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wood - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 240 114 49 20 4 5 5 23 37/91 10/26 30/34 8 41 207 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Jackson 30 22 2 11 0 0 1 3 7/15 1/2 7/8 1 1 45 0
M. Morris 36 20 10 3 0 1 0 3 5/15 3/6 7/8 3 7 37 0
A. Drummond 25 16 9 0 0 1 0 5 7/15 0/0 2/3 2 7 26 0
J. Leuer 22 8 6 1 0 0 1 4 3/6 2/3 0/0 1 5 15 0
K. Caldwell-Pope 33 7 2 3 1 0 1 1 3/12 1/4 0/0 0 2 15 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Jackson 30 22 2 11 0 0 1 3 7/15 1/2 7/8 1 1 45 0
M. Morris 36 20 10 3 0 1 0 3 5/15 3/6 7/8 3 7 37 0
A. Drummond 25 16 9 0 0 1 0 5 7/15 0/0 2/3 2 7 26 0
J. Leuer 22 8 6 1 0 0 1 4 3/6 2/3 0/0 1 5 15 0
K. Caldwell-Pope 33 7 2 3 1 0 1 1 3/12 1/4 0/0 0 2 15 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 31 25 2 1 1 0 0 2 10/16 3/8 2/2 0 2 30 0
B. Marjanovic 22 15 19 0 0 1 3 0 3/4 0/0 9/11 9 10 32 0
I. Smith 19 2 5 2 0 2 0 2 1/6 0/1 0/0 0 5 13 0
D. Hilliard 15 0 0 3 0 0 1 2 0/6 0/3 0/0 0 0 5 0
S. Johnson 8 0 2 0 0 1 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 3 0
M. Gbinije - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Baynes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Udrih - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 241 115 57 24 2 6 7 23 39/97 10/28 27/32 16 41 221 0