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Hornets control second half in 118-107 win over Pistons

DETROIT (AP) Stephen Silas wrapped up his stint as Charlotte's acting head coach with a win.

Kemba Walker scored 17 of his 20 points in the second half, and the Hornets pulled away in the fourth quarter of a 118-107 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday. Silas, Charlotte's associate head coach, has been filling in for Steve Clifford, who has been out for more than a month for health reasons. Clifford will take over again Wednesday against Washington, and Silas was grateful to his players for their effort while he was in charge.

''I just told them how much I appreciated them and how they made it easy for me to coach them,'' Silas said. ''They had a decision to make. They could have either treated me as a substitute coach or treated me as someone who could really help them, and they did the latter.''

Dwight Howard had 21 points and 17 rebounds for the Hornets, who trailed 56-50 at halftime before dominating the final two quarters. A 10-0 run in the fourth put Charlotte ahead 106-88, and although Detroit answered with nine quick points in 43 seconds, the Hornets were never in much danger of losing down the stretch.

''If we aren't going to guard, we aren't going to win,'' Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''That's the whole story.''

Andre Drummond of the Pistons had only three points and 10 rebounds, and his day was summed up late in the fourth when he went up for a powerful, one-handed dunk - only to have Howard easily swat the ball away .

''It was huge matchup - literally. Two of the biggest dudes in the league,'' Charlotte's Marvin Williams said. ''Drummond can be a load down there, but Dwight was definitely ready for the challenge.''

Tobias Harris scored 20 points for Detroit despite foul trouble. The Pistons shot 15 of 29 from 3-point range.

Williams had 21 points for Charlotte and shot 7 of 8 from the field. Detroit's Reggie Bullock had 20 points.

MILESTONE

Walker needed 14 points to reach 9,000 for his career. He easily surpassed that mark and also had nine assists with only one turnover.

AT THE LINE

The Hornets came in with a plus-324 margin in free-throw attempts on the season, the top mark in the NBA. They added to that Monday, going 22 of 33 while Detroit was only 8 of 11.

POOR DEFENSE

Charlotte scored only 32 points in the second half of a loss to Oklahoma City on Saturday. The Hornets had 68 in the last two quarters Monday.

''We got crushed in the paint and we got crushed on the boards,'' Van Gundy said. ''We were up six at the half, and I thought the first three defensive possessions of the second half said everything. We didn't defend, and they got rolling.''

Detroit was outscored 60-44 in the paint, 40-16 in the second half.

''It's all about focus,'' Harris said. ''We have to work on stopping what other teams do well. For Charlotte, it is the pick and roll, and we let them do what they wanted all game.''

TIP-INS

Hornets: F/C Frank Kaminsky limped off in the fourth quarter after a collision with Harris when the Detroit player drove to the basket.

Pistons: Detroit is still without starting PG Reggie Jackson, who is out with a right ankle sprain. F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor) did not play either. ... The Pistons have signed G Kay Felder and G Reggie Hearn to two-way contracts and requested waivers on G Luis Montero. ... Harris played only 25:10.

UP NEXT

Hornets: Host Washington on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Visit Toronto on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
K. Walker
15 PG
A. Drummond
0 C
32.7 Min. Per Game 32.7
14.6 Pts. Per Game 14.6
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
15.0 Reb. Per Game 15.0
42.5 Field Goal % 53.4
42.1 Three Point % 54.1
84.9 Free Throw % 63.0
  Defensive rebound by Nicolas Batum 0:09
  Ish Smith missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:13
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:23
+ 1 Dwight Howard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:23
  Personal foul on Ish Smith 0:23
  Defensive rebound by Dwight Howard 0:23
  Tobias Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:29
+ 1 Nicolas Batum made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:38
+ 1 Nicolas Batum made 1st of 2 free throws 0:38
  Personal foul on Andre Drummond 0:38
+ 3 Reggie Bullock made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 0:39
Team Stats
Points 118 107
Field Goals 43-84 (51.2%) 42-86 (48.8%)
3-Pointers 10-22 (45.5%) 15-29 (51.7%)
Free Throws 22-33 (66.7%) 8-11 (72.7%)
Total Rebounds 56 43
Offensive 9 3
Defensive 40 35
Team 7 5
Assists 21 27
Steals 9 10
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 11 24
Technicals 1 1
20 PTS, 4 REB, 9 AST
19 PTS, 3 REB, 10 AST
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away team logo Hornets 17-25 27233434118
home team logo Pistons 22-20 27292427107
Team Stats
away team logo Hornets 17-25 113.9 PPG 43.8 RPG 23.9 APG
home team logo Pistons 22-20 109.0 PPG 47.5 RPG 21.7 APG
Key Players
D. Howard C PPG RPG APG FG%
T. Harris SF PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
D. Howard C 21 PTS 17 REB 0 AST
T. Harris SF 20 PTS 6 REB 3 AST
51.2 FG% 48.8
45.5 3PT FG% 51.7
66.7 FT% 72.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 36 21 17 0 1 4 3 1 9/12 0/0 3/6 2 15 40 +14
M. Williams 28 21 5 1 0 0 2 1 7/8 5/6 2/3 1 4 26 +18
K. Walker 35 20 4 9 0 0 1 1 9/18 1/5 1/1 1 3 41 +4
N. Batum 33 14 8 5 2 0 4 2 4/13 1/4 5/6 2 6 30 0
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 32 11 3 1 1 0 2 1 4/9 0/0 3/7 0 3 15 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Howard 36 21 17 0 1 4 3 1 9/12 0/0 3/6 2 15 40 +14
M. Williams 28 21 5 1 0 0 2 1 7/8 5/6 2/3 1 4 26 +18
K. Walker 35 20 4 9 0 0 1 1 9/18 1/5 1/1 1 3 41 +4
N. Batum 33 14 8 5 2 0 4 2 4/13 1/4 5/6 2 6 30 0
M. Kidd-Gilchrist 32 11 3 1 1 0 2 1 4/9 0/0 3/7 0 3 15 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Lamb 18 11 2 1 2 0 1 0 3/8 1/2 4/4 2 0 16 +1
J. O'Bryant 11 9 4 1 0 0 0 0 3/5 0/0 3/4 0 4 15 -2
F. Kaminsky 19 5 5 1 1 0 0 1 2/7 1/4 0/0 1 4 13 -8
M. Carter-Williams 12 4 0 0 2 0 2 2 1/2 1/1 1/2 0 0 4 +7
T. Graham 11 2 1 2 0 0 0 2 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 7 +7
J. Stone - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Paige - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Mathiang - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Zeller - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Bacon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Monk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 118 49 21 9 4 15 11 43/84 10/22 22/33 9 40 207 +55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 25 20 6 3 0 1 2 5 7/13 3/5 3/4 1 5 31 -16
R. Bullock 34 20 4 1 3 0 1 4 8/13 4/8 0/0 0 4 28 -12
I. Smith 34 19 3 10 2 1 3 3 8/14 1/2 2/2 1 2 42 -5
A. Bradley 35 15 2 1 2 0 3 0 6/19 2/6 1/2 0 2 18 -15
A. Drummond 33 3 10 5 3 1 2 4 1/7 0/0 1/2 1 9 25 -1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 25 20 6 3 0 1 2 5 7/13 3/5 3/4 1 5 31 -16
R. Bullock 34 20 4 1 3 0 1 4 8/13 4/8 0/0 0 4 28 -12
I. Smith 34 19 3 10 2 1 3 3 8/14 1/2 2/2 1 2 42 -5
A. Bradley 35 15 2 1 2 0 3 0 6/19 2/6 1/2 0 2 18 -15
A. Drummond 33 3 10 5 3 1 2 4 1/7 0/0 1/2 1 9 25 -1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Tolliver 25 17 0 3 0 2 0 2 6/7 5/6 0/0 0 0 25 +2
D. Buycks 13 6 3 1 0 0 3 3 3/7 0/1 0/0 0 3 8 -6
L. Kennard 25 5 4 1 0 0 2 2 2/5 0/1 1/1 0 4 9 +5
E. Moreland 11 2 6 2 0 0 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 6 12 -7
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 107 38 27 10 5 16 24 42/86 15/29 8/11 3 35 198 -55