Washington, Rozier help Hornets down Pistons 105-102

<p>CHARLOTTE, N.C. &mdash; P.J Washington had 20 points and nine rebounds, Terry Rozier hit some big shots down the stretch and the Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 105-102 on Thursday night to get back to .500 for the first time since Jan. 13.</p>
<p>Rozier and Gordon Hayward each scored 17 points and Cody Zeller chipped in with 15 points and a key rebound for Charlotte (18-18).</p>
<p>Jerami Grant had 32 points on 11-of-24 shooting for the Pistons.</p>
<p>With Charlotte trailing 96-94, Zeller grabbed a big offensive rebound in traffic and kicked out to an open Washington for a corner 3-pointer with 2:22 left to give the Hornets the lead for good.</p>
<p>After a Pistons turnover, Rozier took over.</p>
<p>He drove the left side of the lane and knocked down a soft bank shot while drawing a foul, pushing the lead to four. Rozier then added a 3 from the wing on the next possession to push the lead to five and sank a floater in the lane with the shot clock winding down to give the Hornets a 105-100 lead with 9.1 seconds left.</p>
<p>Rozier was 3 of 11 from the field before making those three big shots.</p>
<p>Washington had nine points in the fourth quarter.</p>
<p>Pistons: Held to 39 points in the second half on 6-of-26 shooting from 3-point range. … Saddiq Bey, who grew up in Charlotte, had 14 points. … Committed 14 turnovers leading to 19 Charlotte points. </p>
<p>Hornets: Team owner and NBA great Michael Jordan took in his first live game of the season, wearing a mask and sitting courtside near GM Mitch Kupchak. … Hayward was 4 of 15 from the field but made all eight free throws. … Devonte Graham returned to the floor after missing nearly a month with a knee injury. … Made 23 of 24 foul shots.</p>
<p>The Hornets distributed 500 complimentary tickets to frontline workers from healthcare partner Novant Health for the game. They’re the first spectators allowed in at the Spectrum Center in more than a year.</p>
<p>About 3,000 general public fans will be allowed in for the next home game on Saturday.</p>
<p>UP NEXT</p>
<p>Pistons: At Brooklyn on Saturday night.</p>
<p>Hornets: Host Raptors on Saturday night as part of a three-game homestand.</p>
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