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Detroit Pistons lose to Charlotte Hornets, 107-94: Game thread recap

Detroit Free Press logo Detroit Free Press 5/2/2021 Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press

Detroit Pistons (19-44) vs. Charlotte Hornets (30-32)

a group of people playing a game of basketball: Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, right, shoots the ball over Pistons center Isaiah Stewart, left, and guard Delon Wright during the first half of the Pistons' 105-102 loss in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, March 11, 2021. © Jacob Kupferman, AP Hornets guard LaMelo Ball, right, shoots the ball over Pistons center Isaiah Stewart, left, and guard Delon Wright during the first half of the Pistons' 105-102 loss in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, March 11, 2021.

When: 7 p.m. Saturday.

Where: Spectrum Center, Charlotte, N.C.

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TV: Bally Sports Detroit.

Radio: 97.1 FM (Pistons radio affiliates).

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• Box score 

Game notes: The Hornets won 105-102 in Charlotte in March. The teams play again Tuesday in Detroit. ... We'll get a look at two 19-year-old rookie point guards in the Pistons' Killian Hayes and the Hornets' LaMelo Ball. Ball returns Saturday after missing more than a month with a fractured right wrist. He was the runaway Rookie of the Year favorite before the injury, averaging 15.9 points, 6.1 assists and 5.9 rebounds in 41 games (21 starts) after being drafted No. 3 overall. Gordon Hayward remains out for the Hornets, who currently are the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference. ... Pistons are without a slew of veterans, including Jerami Grant, Mason Plumlee, Cory Joseph and Wayne Ellington. ... Pistons are tied with Orlando at No. 2 in the NBA draft lottery. The Magic host Memphis at 8 p.m., a day after losing in Memphis, 92-75.

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