Charlotte Hornets right ship, end 5-game losing streak, by beating Detroit Pistons, 87-76


Associated Press

DETROIT — No matter how bad things get for the Charlotte Hornets, they always seem to be able to fix them by playing the Detroit Pistons.

Miles Bridges scored 18 points Monday night and the Hornets ended a five-game losing streak with an 87-76 victory, their 10th straight over Detroit.

The streak includes two consecutive 4-0 season sweeps. The Hornets are 13-36 against the rest of the league and had lost 13 of their previous 14 games.

“I don’t know how to explain it,” Bridges said. “They play good against everybody else and then when we come in, it is different. It’s always a close game when we play them, but I want to keep the streak going.”

Malik Monk added 17 points for the Hornets while Devonte’ Graham had 14 points and 11 assists. Charlotte won despite shooting 37.5% from the floor.

“Obviously, we’ve had moments where we can’t throw it in the ocean — shooting 37% isn’t where we want to be — but we kept digging in and getting stops,” Hornets coach James Borrego said. “I think we showed pride in our defense tonight.”

The Pistons have lost three straight and nine of 11. Thon Maker led Detroit with 12 points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Bruce Brown added 10 points and 12 rebounds.

“This was just an ugly game on both sides,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I thought we played hard but we didn’t play smart enough. We’re in a funk right now, and we’ve got to get out of it. No one is going to feel sorry for us.”

Detroit shot 35.4% and turned the ball over 21 times for 24 points.