Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 11/23

Game 1: Sunday, November 23rd
Game 2: Monday, December 29th
Game 3: Friday, February 6th
Game 4: Tuesday, March 23rd

Pistons 81

(33-18, 14-11 away)

Hornets 92

(27-23, 15-11 home)

    Coverage: COX

    7:00 PM ET, February 6, 2004

    Smoothie King Center, New Orleans, LA

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 18 26 14 2381
    NO 26 24 22 2092

    Top Performers

    Det: B. Wallace 14 Pts, 13 Reb, 2 Blk

    NO: P. Brown 13 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Baron Davis returns with 13 points

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Jamal Mashburn refused to let three quarters of sub-par shooting stop him late in the game.

    Mashburn had 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter to help the New Orleans Hornets snap a four-game losing streak with a 92-81 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

    Mashburn had gone 4-of-17 through three quarters when he hit a 3-pointer to snap a 10-0 Detroit run. He made two more shots and five free throws as New Orleans handed the Pistons their second straight loss.

    "Shots will fall, that's been proven throughout my career," Mashburn said. "I'm not concerned about that."

    Baron Davis returned after a three-game absence (sore left ankle) and had 13 points and seven assists. However, he left the game briefly in the second half and said afterward that he was unsure whether he'd play Saturday night at Milwaukee.

    "I probably should have taken the night off ... but I felt that I needed to give a spark to my team," Davis said.

    P.J. Brown added 13 points and 14 rebounds for New Orleans, which held Detroit to 38.5 percent shooting. Jamaal Magloire grabbed 11 rebounds and Mashburn 10 for New Orleans, which outrebounded Detroit 53-42 and had 17 offensive rebounds for 17 second-chance points.

    "We still have a long ways to go and it's not time to start popping champagne bottles," Brown said. "I'm glad we got a win and I thought for the whole 48 minutes we played hard."

    Ben Wallace had 14 points, 13 rebounds and a pair of blocked shots to lead Detroit, which was hurt by a lack of backcourt production. Richard Hamilton, who averages a team-high 18.2 points, was held to four points on 1-of-6 shooting. Chauncey Billups scored nine on 3-of-10 shooting, including a meaningless 3-pointer late in the game.

    With Davis healthy, Hornets coach Tim Floyd looked for more production from his bench and started Stacey Augmon at shooting guard so he could use Darrell Armstrong as a reserve. Augmon scored 13 points while playing stifling defense on Hamilton. Armstrong scored 11 and the Hornets' intensity was steady all game.

    "Being able to bring Darrell off the bench didn't force us to go through the lulls that we've had ... because he was fresh," Floyd said.

    New Orleans had been stagnant in third quarters throughout its recent skid, but was dominant against the Pistons. The Hornets built their lead as high as 72-56 when David West taped an offensive rebound to himself off the glass, then converted the follow shot.

    New Orleans shot 57 percent (8-of-14) from the floor in the period, while Detroit went 4-of-15 (27 percent) and turned the ball over eight times.

    "Our first team, especially our perimeter people, didn't have one of their better games," Piston coach Larry Brown said. "When we lose, that's generally what happens."

    Bob Sura's 3-pointer and Zeljko Rebraca's short turnaround jumper as he was fouled fueled a 10-0 run for Detroit that cut the score to 72-66 early in the fourth quarter.

    But Mashburn halted the run, hitting a 3-pointer and a technical foul shot awarded after Pistons coaches hollered about a collision away from the ball. Mashburn made the score 85-74 when he spun into the top of the lane and converted a one-handed shot on which he was forced to double-pump.

    "Tonight was a must win from a lot of standpoints," Mashburn said. "Detroit is a good team. It could have been against the Bulls or whatever, we just needed a win."

    Davis' return had an immediate effect. He had 11 points in the first half and five assists, including a no-look pass behind his head to Brown for a short baseline jumper.

    Game notes

    Davis had missed six of the previous eight games because of an ankle sprain. ... Guest national anthem singer Terry Barrileaux sang the second verse wrong, then stopped, realizing she had made a mistake. She started over with the help of public address announcer Jim Rumsfeld and much of the crowd. ... Detroit C Mehmet Okur, a regular in the starting lineup, sat out a second straight game with back spasms.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 81 92
    FGM-FGA 30-78 (.385) 33-80 (.413)
    3PM-3PA 2-15 (.133) 3-13 (.231)
    FTM-FTA 19-24 (.792) 23-29 (.793)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 13-42 17-53
    Assists 15 13
    Turnovers 13 11
    Steals 3 7
    Blocks 9 4
    Fast Break Points 2 4
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 24 (1/0) 24 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    New Orleans
    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 14
    Reb: 13
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    P.J. Brown Brown
    Points: 13
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 1