AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Ryan Anderson scored 31 points, Robin Lopez had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 105-86 on Monday night.
New Orleans had lost of five of seven coming in, but was in control for the final 40 minutes even though Eric Gordon sat out to rest his knee. Wearing their purple, green and gold Mardi Gras jerseys, New Orleans finished with 10 blocks to just three for the Pistons. Al-Farouq Aminu added 12 points and 14 rebounds.
Playing without star rookie Andre Drummond (back), the Pistons had no answer for New Orleans in the paint. Reserve Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 19 points, but most came after the game had been decided. Greg Monroe added 17 points and 11 rebounds.