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Harris-led Pistons beat Hornets 102-90 in return downtown

DETROIT (AP) Eminem, Kid Rock and Big Sean welcomed the Detroit Pistons back downtown.

And the Motor City's NBA team gave their fans a reason to cheer.

Tobias Harris scored 17 of his 27 points in the first quarter and grabbed 10 rebounds, helping Detroit celebrate its return to the city with a 102-90 victory over the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

The Pistons and Charlotte opened the season in Little Caesars Arena, a new facility that drew them downtown for the first time in nearly four decades. Eminem made a surprise appearance, grabbing the microphone to fire up the crowd just before tipoff.

''I don't think any of us knew that was coming,'' Harris said. ''That was really dope.''

Eminem slipped away from the arena floor, and was later introduced to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver by former Pistons star Grant Hill. Kid Rock and Big Sean , a couple other Motor City musical artists, sat in baseline seats at the opposite ends of the court during the game.

Dwight Howard had 10 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks in his debut with the Hornets.

''This is a long season, so we can't panic after one game,'' Howard said. ''The champs lost (Tuesday night), so anything can happen. We just have to learn from tonight and be better for Friday. We'll do that.

Charlotte's Kemba Walker scored 24 points, and Jeremy Lamb had 15.

Reserve Langston Galloway scored 16 points, Avery Bradley had 15, and Henry Ellenson added 13 points for Detroit in their first game with the franchise. Reggie Jackson had 13 points and eight assists. Detroit's point guard spent the final seconds of the game hugging teammate Andre Drummond at midcourt, soaking up the feel-good moment after a disappointing season.

''We were just talking about how we have to lead each and every night and be our best selves,'' Jackson said. ''If we want to do something special, we have to do it on a day to day basis.''

The Pistons outscored Charlotte 27-18 in the second quarter, building an 11-point lead they didn't have much trouble keeping.

TIP-INS

Hornets: Howard, Lamb, Walker, Marvin Williams and rookie Dwayne Bacon started the game, but coach Steve Clifford said that may not be the team's regular lineup. ''I just don't think we have that kind of team,'' Clifford said. ... Cody Zeller had eight points and nine rebounds for an offensively challenged team that made fewer than 40 percent of its shots.

Pistons: Pistons owner Tom Gores said he has talked to Silver about Detroit hosting an All-Star game and believes it will happen. ''It's just a matter of when,'' Gore said. ... Stanley Johnson was 0 for 13 from the field and made two free throws.

KEY STAT

Detroit scored 26 points off Charlotte's 17 turnovers while the Hornets had just six points off the Pistons' nine turnovers.

''Most games, you have to look at the film to figure out the difference in the game, but that's not the case,'' Charlotte coach Steve Clifford said. ''It was obviously the turnovers.''

HOMECOMING

The Pistons moved back downtown to share an arena with the Red Wings after playing in the suburbs at the Palace of Auburn Hills and the Pontiac Silverdome. The team left Detroit in 1978 after playing in Cobo Arena and Olympia Stadium in the city. The Pistons' welcomed back former starts including Hill, Dave Bing and Bob Lanier for their Little Caesars Arena debut.

''My friends in the `burbs and the city are excited about this,'' Lanier said. ''I think this will bring the energy back for the Pistons from the streets to the suites.''

ENOUGH SAID

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy credited Gores and Silver for including Eminem, who recently released a profane lyrical tirade against President Donald Trump, in the pregame presentation.

''Without making any statement, they were able to make a statement by involving Eminem,'' Van Gundy said.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host Atlanta on Friday night in their home opener.

Pistons: Play at Washington on Friday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:16
  Jeremy Lamb missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:21
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:24
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:45
  Jeremy Lamb missed jump shot 0:49
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:55
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 1st of 2 free throws 0:55
  Personal foul on Marvin Williams 0:55
  Personal foul on Treveon Graham 0:56
+ 1 Kemba Walker made 2nd of 2 free throws 1:02
  Team rebound 1:02
Team Stats
Points 90 102
Field Goals 29-73 (39.7%) 41-96 (42.7%)
3-Pointers 9-30 (30.0%) 9-26 (34.6%)
Free Throws 23-29 (79.3%) 11-12 (91.7%)
Total Rebounds 56 50
Offensive 3 9
Defensive 44 38
Team 9 3
Assists 16 24
Steals 4 14
Blocks 3 3
Turnovers 17 8
Fouls 15 21
Technicals 1 1
24 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
27 PTS, 10 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Hornets 0-1 2718252090
home team logo Pistons 1-0 29272620102
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 0-1 PPG RPG APG
home team logo Pistons 1-0 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Walker G 22.1 PPG 3.1 RPG 5.6 APG 43.1 FG%
T. Harris F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Walker G 24 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
T. Harris F 27 PTS 10 REB 3 AST
39.7 FG% 42.7
30.0 3PT FG% 34.6
79.3 FT% 91.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 35 24 6 4 0 0 4 1 6/13 1/3 11/13 1 5 34 -11
J. Lamb 28 15 4 2 1 0 2 2 4/10 0/3 7/8 0 4 22 -10
D. Howard 31 10 15 1 1 2 3 2 5/9 0/0 0/2 1 14 27 -3
D. Bacon 20 8 2 2 0 0 2 1 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 2 12 -15
M. Williams 26 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/5 2/4 1/2 0 2 9 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Walker 35 24 6 4 0 0 4 1 6/13 1/3 11/13 1 5 34 -11
J. Lamb 28 15 4 2 1 0 2 2 4/10 0/3 7/8 0 4 22 -10
D. Howard 31 10 15 1 1 2 3 2 5/9 0/0 0/2 1 14 27 -3
D. Bacon 20 8 2 2 0 0 2 1 3/6 2/4 0/0 0 2 12 -15
M. Williams 26 7 2 0 0 0 0 2 2/5 2/4 1/2 0 2 9 -10
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Zeller 23 8 9 0 0 1 2 2 3/5 0/0 2/2 1 8 16 -4
J. Stone 12 6 3 1 2 0 1 3 2/3 2/3 0/0 0 3 12 -1
T. Graham 17 5 2 3 0 0 0 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 2 13 +8
F. Kaminsky 23 4 4 2 0 0 0 0 1/9 0/5 2/2 0 4 12 -6
M. Monk 21 3 0 1 0 0 3 1 1/9 1/6 0/0 0 0 2 -8
N. Batum - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Kidd-Gilchrist - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Carter-Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. O'Bryant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 90 47 16 4 3 17 15 29/73 9/30 23/29 3 44 159 -60
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 34 27 10 3 0 0 1 3 11/18 4/7 1/1 2 8 42 +10
A. Bradley 23 15 2 1 0 0 2 4 7/10 0/0 1/1 0 2 17 +10
R. Jackson 27 13 5 8 1 0 0 2 5/10 0/1 3/3 1 4 35 +10
A. Drummond 22 8 13 4 1 2 0 3 3/9 0/0 2/2 5 8 32 +8
S. Johnson 40 2 4 1 4 0 0 1 0/13 0/6 2/2 1 3 12 +6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 34 27 10 3 0 0 1 3 11/18 4/7 1/1 2 8 42 +10
A. Bradley 23 15 2 1 0 0 2 4 7/10 0/0 1/1 0 2 17 +10
R. Jackson 27 13 5 8 1 0 0 2 5/10 0/1 3/3 1 4 35 +10
A. Drummond 22 8 13 4 1 2 0 3 3/9 0/0 2/2 5 8 32 +8
S. Johnson 40 2 4 1 4 0 0 1 0/13 0/6 2/2 1 3 12 +6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Galloway 24 16 4 0 3 0 1 0 6/11 3/6 1/1 0 4 22 +2
H. Ellenson 16 13 4 1 1 0 0 2 5/10 2/4 1/1 0 4 20 +4
J. Leuer 19 4 3 0 0 1 1 0 2/6 0/1 0/1 0 3 7 +6
I. Smith 20 4 1 6 1 0 3 4 2/9 0/1 0/0 0 1 15 +2
E. Moreland 11 0 1 0 3 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 4 +2
A. Tolliver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kennard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 102 47 24 14 3 8 21 41/96 9/26 11/12 9 38 206 +60