Hornets power past Pistons in LaMelo Ball’s return

A 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, 29 points from Terry Rozier and the return of LaMelo Ball to the lineup powered the Charlotte Hornets past the Detroit Pistons, 107-94, Saturday in Charlotte.The Hornets (31-32) led for almost the entirety of the game, but a 20-6 Pistons run from the late third into the fourth quarter pulled Detroit within three points.From there, Charlotte took over.Terry Rozier scored eight of his game-high 29 during the Hornets’ mid-fourth-quarter run, as Charlotte pushed its lead to 16 points.Detroit (19-45) cut the margin back down to seven points with less than two minutes remaining, but Rozier knocked down two of his eight 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to effectively put the game away.Charlotte dominated Detroit in fast-break points, 23-5, and held the Pistons to just 38.5 percent shooting overall.Bismack Biyombo keyed the defensive effort with five blocked shots, while Cody Martin came away with a career-high-tying four steals. Biyombo also matched teammate Jaden McDaniels with a game-high nine rebounds.The Hornets also got three blocked shots from P.J. Washington, and two each from Ball and McDaniels.Ball played a solid all-around game in his return from a wrist injury that sidelined him since March 20. He finished with 11 points, a game-high eight assists and seven rebounds.

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