Pistons 98, Pelicans 104: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Pistons 98, Pelicans 104: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Pistons 98, Pelicans 104: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Detroit Pistons (7-20) play against the New Orleans Pelicans (8-8) at Smoothie King Center

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Wednesday December 7, 2022

Detroit Pistons 98, New Orleans Pelicans 104 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Pelicans last season when Brandon Ingram didn’t play: 7-20
Pelicans this season when Brandon Ingram didn’t play: 7-2
#depth1:34 AM
Chuck Swirsky @ctsbulls
Don’t look now but the New Orleans Pelicans are in first place in the Western Conference. Remember , they swap first round picks with the Lakers. Meantime, Boston wins again . The Celtics own the best record in the NBA at 21-5. – 1:32 AM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
The top stat lines from tonight’s #Pelicans WIN!
#WBD | @FanDuel pic.twitter.com/tLIJxrvAv912:58 AM

Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
From: The Pelicans
To: Everyone Else pic.twitter.com/wyOUPZYLZa12:19 AM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
On the day that Naji Marshall proclaims he’s tougher than everybody else, the New Orleans Pelicans grab sole possession of first place in the Western Conference.
Friday’s matchup against the Suns is going to be epic! pic.twitter.com/2FJhjUVYlU12:18 AM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
The New Orleans Basketball Pelicans, some are saying pic.twitter.com/gQ1BCU48OL12:15 AM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
Western Conference:
1. New Orleans 16-8
2. Phoenix 16-9
3. Memphis 16-9
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com12:15 AM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
The New Orleans Pelicans are 16-8 and in first place in the West.
Phoenix and Memphis (16-9) are right behind them.
It’s the Pels first time in possession of first in the West since Oct. 26, 2018 (4-0).
Last time they were first this late in the season?
April 11, 2008. – 12:13 AM
Sean Grande @SeanGrandePBP
The Celtics are not only going to knock out the Suns, they’re going to knock them out of the Western Conference lead.
Since losing to Boston three weeks ago, the Pelicans have now won 7 of 8 to take over the top spot in the West at 16-8. – 11:58 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
An unbiased observer of @treymurphy thinks he could win the NBA dunk contest pic.twitter.com/zxpJsEfs6U11:25 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
We’re keeping the free pulled pork from @Dickeys coming 😋 pic.twitter.com/Xte7DK6srD11:24 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
“I don’t want to let them down,” – Zion on the impact of the support and trust he has received from his coaches and teammates pic.twitter.com/djkEnLdxz011:23 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Naji Marshall summing up the type of ballgame this was and victory over Pistons for #Pelicans: “Beautiful, man. That’s my type of basketball right there. It was a good test for us. Definitely mad physical. We didn’t have all our guys either. That made it difficult. Great win.” – 11:11 PM
Tom Westerholm @Tom_NBA
If the Celtics hold on to this one, they will have beaten every team in the top 6 of the Western Conference so far (the Suns, Pelicans, Grizzlies, Nuggets, Kings and Mavericks). – 11:11 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Zion Williamson: All That Needs To Be Said
#Pelicans | @gatorade pic.twitter.com/zNm90DFtFR11:09 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Naji Marshall: “I just feel like I’m tougher than everybody in the world. That’s just what it is.” – 11:00 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Best 24-game starts in New Orleans history
2002-03: 17-7 (Silas)
2003-04: 17-7 (Floyd)
2022-23: 16-8 (Green)
2008-09: 16-8 (Scott) – 10:58 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Naji Marshall:
“I just feel like I’m tougher than everybody in the world.” – 10:50 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Coach on the team’s connection with the city. pic.twitter.com/bgzomHmHKa10:50 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Willie Green on Jose Alvarado status after rib contusion: “Thank God he’s OK, nothing serious from what I was told. We need him. He’s having such a great season, we don’t want anything to derail that. We’ll continue to monitor him the next few days and see how he is.” – 10:49 PM
Detroit Pistons PR @Pistons_PR
Jalen Duren scored 12 points and grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds tonight against New Orleans.
It is the third double-double of his career and he leads all rookies with 175 rebounds (7.3 per game) this season. – 10:44 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
#Pistons Web Editor @Keith_Langlois shares his observations following the second matchup of our back-to-back.
🔗: nba.com/pistons/news/p…10:43 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
feeling good after 5 in a row 🕺 pic.twitter.com/kweaET48V210:43 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Players to average a career 20 PPG and 55 FG%:
— Kareem
— Shaq
— Zion pic.twitter.com/KY2meu0rwh10:41 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
5-game win streak for your #Pelicans 💪 pic.twitter.com/nSmE4h5SBR10:39 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Charlotte’s loss tonight means the #Rockets are now the team with the 5th-worst record in the league.
1. ORL 6-20
2. SAS 6-18
3. DET 7-20
4. CHA 7-18
5. HOU 7-17 – 10:38 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans hold off upset-minded Pistons in fourth quarter, posting 104-98 home win. New Orleans nets fifth straight win. Zion Williamson 29 pts, 10 reb, 5 ast. @PanzuraNews postgame wrap: https://t.co/ylCCNnVsOV pic.twitter.com/N97zTE4uCZ10:33 PM

Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
This is the first time in his career Zion Williamson has had 10+ FTA in four consecutive games. – 10:32 PM
New Orleans Pelicans PR @PelicansPR
With tonight’s win, the Pelicans have now won five straight games for the first time since April 4-11, 2018. – 10:30 PM
Christos Tsaltas @Tsaltas46
Zion Williamson is bringing his dominant presence for the #Pelicans.
Against the Pistons:
29 points / 10 rebounds / 5 assists / 1 steal / 1 block / 11-16 FG
Over the last 4 games:
29.3 points
10.3 rebounds
5.5 assists
2 steals
1.3 blocks
66.1% FG – 10:29 PM
Detroit Pistons PR @Pistons_PR
Killian Hayes had his first double-double of the season and the third of his career tonight against New Orleans with 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds.
Over his last 11 games, Hayes is averaging 12.7 PTS, 7.4 AST, 2.9 REB and 1.1 STL while shooting .422 (18-44) from three. – 10:29 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Left it all on the court tonight.
🔹@SaddiqBey: 25 PTS / 4 REB / 1 STL
🔹@Killian Hayes: 17 PTS / 11 AST / 6 REB / 2 STL
🔹@Alec Burks: 14 PTS / 2 REB
🔹@Jaden Ivey: 12 PTS / 1 BLK pic.twitter.com/HAMJYialrQ10:29 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
FINAL: Pelicans 104, Pistons 98. Strong effort 24 hours after playing Miami. Saddiq Bey and Killian Hayes had two of their best games of the season.
Bey: 25 points (9-17 overall, 5-10 from 3)
Hayes: 17 points, 11 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals
Duren: 12 points, 13 rebounds – 10:27 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Final: Pelicans 104, Pistons 98
Williamson 29 pts, 10 rebs, 5 assts
Murphy 20 pts
Marshall 17 pts, 5 rebs
Pels grind out a physical win to give them their 5th straight victory, improving to 16-8. Naji Marshall and Trey Murphy both came up with some huge performances in this one – 10:26 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Final: #Pelicans 104, #Pistons 98.
The Pistons trailed by as many as 16 points, but couldn’t complete the comeback, resulting in their 20th loss of the season.
Saddiq Bey finished with 25 points on 5-9 from 3 off the bench. Zion Williamson led NO with 29 pts and 10 rebs. – 10:25 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
FINAL: Pelicans 104, Pistons 98
– Zion: 29p, 10r, 5a, 11/16 FG, 7/11 FT
– Trey: 20p, 5r, 5a, 4/9 3P
– Naji: 17p, 5r, 6/7 FG, 3/4 3P
– JV: 14p, 12r
Pels: 45.9 FG%, 8/27 3P, 18/23 FT
Pistons: 38.9 FG%, 15/42 3P, 13/16 FT
Pelicans improve to 16-8. – 10:25 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Pelicans hold off feisty Pistons to win, 104-98. New Orleans wins 5th straight, improving to 16-8 and tying the Suns momentarily for 1st in the West (PHX playing BOS right now).
Zion Williamson was special (29 points, 10 rebounds), but Naji, Trey and JV all deserve shout-outs. – 10:25 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Our motor was higher 😤
#Pelicans | @HancockWhitney pic.twitter.com/6bEsoGwD1Y10:25 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Final: Pelicans 104, Pistons 98
Zion Williamson with another monster all-around game. 29 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 block.
New Orleans (16-8) has its first five-game winning streak since April 2018. – 10:25 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
FINAL: Pels 104, Pistons 98. Great fight by Detroit on the second night of a road b2back against one of the league’s top teams. Lack of first-half shotmaking really hurt in the end and wasted a good D performance.
Killian Hayes: 17p, 11a and 6r
Bey: 25 points (5-10 form 3) – 10:25 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Zion last 4 games:
33 PTS | 10 REB | 5 AST
30 PTS | 15 REB | 8 AST
25 PTS | 6 REB | 4 AST
29 PTS | 10 REB | 5 AST pic.twitter.com/PqnTVayYO110:25 PM

Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
#Pelicans win fifth straight overall, as well as fifth straight at home. New Orleans is 16-8, tied for first in West with Phoenix, which just tipped off vs. Boston – 10:24 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Trey Murphy makes both free throws to give him his 7th career game with 20+ points – 10:24 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Brandon Ingram isn’t playing.
C.J. McCollum looks terrible.
The Pelicans just keep winning. – 10:22 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Bey’s 3 was overturned to a 2, his foot was on the line. Big shot, but Detroit really needed a 3 there with 19.4 seconds left. Pelicans up 100-96 and will have the ball – 10:20 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Saddiq Bey with his sixth 3. Pistons down three with 19.4 seconds left. – 10:19 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Pistons down by four with just under a minute left. Their ball. – 10:17 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Jose Alvarado stormed on the court, holding his side, to tell Naji Marshall he has to take that open 3-pointer on the last possession.
He’s right. – 10:16 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Zion was not going to lose that rebound – 10:15 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Saddiq Bey just his fifth triple. The first time he’s done that this season.
Has the levy broken? – 10:13 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Zion up to 26 PTS (10-15 FGs) and 9 REBs 💪 pic.twitter.com/pv4kavH84c10:12 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Jose Alvarado (rib contusion) will not return to tonight’s game. X-rays were negative – 10:12 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Pistons have left close to 12-15 worth of wide-open points from 3 this quarter at the perimeter. Some completely off, some in an out.
Down six still with a few minutes left. – 10:11 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Zion big driving layup at 3:02 gives #Pelicans a 94-88 lead. Zion showing some major frustration after it looked like Duran bodied him as he was shooting. Couldn’t tell from the opposite side but TV angle showed a lot of contact. Zion 28 pts – 10:10 PM
Matt Dery @DerySpeaks
Zion vs Jalen Duren is fun. James Capers trying to get in on the act as well. #Pistons10:10 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Duren grabs an offensive rebound puts it back to bring the Pistons within four, but Zion drives past Bey and Duren for another layup. – 10:09 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Jonas Valanciunas has been keeping the ref on the baseline busy with the 5-counts when JV backs down his defender. Almost whistled the “Barkley Rule” (“Mark Jackson Rule”?) on him a couple times, but not yet. JV 14 pts, 11 reb – 10:07 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Great control by Bey on that short driving jumper. He has 20 points – 10:05 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Trey Murphy has a career-high 5 assists. – 10:05 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Pistons have missed some WIDE OPEN 3s here. Down six. – 10:04 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Jose Alvarado has his ribs wrapped, but he’s still yelling the loudest from the bench after positive plays. 💯 – 10:03 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Zion Williamson does a lot of cool stuff on a basketball court. – 10:02 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Pistons are hitting some big shots to keep this one close. Burks’ third 3 of the night just cut the deficit to four – 10:00 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Naji Marshall is having a great night off the bench. – 10:00 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
While he is out for the game, a heavily wrapped Jose Alvarado is back on the Pels bench. – 10:00 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Jose Alvarado (rib contusion) is officially done for the game, per the Pelicans. X-rays on his ribs came back negative. – 9:58 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Jose Alvarado out for the rest of the game with a rib contusion, Pelicans say. X-rays were negative. – 9:58 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
The call was overturned, which gives Dyson Daniels his 5th foul. Pels now are without Jose (injury) and Dyson (foul trouble).
Even more pressure on CJ to finally find some rhythm on offense. – 9:57 PM
Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Pelicans say Jose Alvarado is out for the remainder of tonight’s game with a rib contusion. X-rays were negative.
More NBA from me: marcstein.substack.com9:57 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
C.J. McCollum is 3/9 FG, 6pts, 4 asts.
They’re going to need more him offensively, especially from him if Alvarado can’t finish. – 9:57 PM
New Orleans Pelicans PR @PelicansPR
Jose Alvarado (rib contusion) will not return to tonight’s game. X-rays were negative. – 9:57 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Pistons are 27th in the NBA in fastbreak points. Tonight is a perfect example of why. Too many guys challenging the rim without a real advantage, missing kick-out 3s. – 9:56 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
CJ Washington must have x-ray vision because he made that foul call on Dyson Daniels from the other side of the court. – 9:53 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
📊 Q3 📊
🔹@SaddiqBey: 18 PTS / 4 REB / 1 STL
🔹@Killian Hayes: 14 PTS / 10 AST / 5 REB / 2 STL
🔹@Jaden Ivey: 12 PTS / 1 BLK pic.twitter.com/GWzXH1OVNu9:53 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
End of 3: Pelicans 79, Pistons 73. Detroit closed the quarter with a 28-18 run after trailing by 16. Hayes had a dominant quarter, scoring or assisting 16 straight points to help the Pistons stay in it.
Bey: 18 points
Hayes: 14 points, 10 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals – 9:51 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
END OF 3Q: Pelicans 79, Pistons 73. Offense, believe it or not, showed some life at the end of quarter.
Hayes: 14p, 10a and 5r
Bey: 18 points (4-8 from 3)
Ivey: 12p
Burks: 10p
Stewart: 8p – 9:51 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 3rd: Pelicans 79, Pistons 73
Williamson 24 pts, 8 rebs
Murphy 12 pts
Valanciunas 11 pts, 10 rebs
Pistons still hanging around with the Pels struggling some to find consistent offense. With Jose looking like he might be done for the night CJ/Dyson will have to step up – 9:50 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Naji Marshall, not real thrilled with the Pistons earlier in the night and possibly again now after a Detroit pick sent Jose Alvarado to the locker room, blocks Cory Joseph shot, then swats ball into first row as buzzer sounds. NOP 79-73 end 3Q – 9:50 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
End of the 3rd quarter: #Pelicans 79, #Pistons 73.
Bey: 18 pts, 4 rebs
Hayes: 14 pts, 5 rebs, 10 asts
Ivey: 12 pts, 2 rebs
Zion Williamson: 24 pts, 8 rebs, 3 asts – 9:49 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Naji Marshall rejects Corey Joseph on his drive at the third quarter buzzer. He was determined to pick up a foul, but Naji didn’t bite and then swatted him perfectly.
Pelicans lead the Pistons 79-73, but Jose Alvarado’s wellbeing is on all minds inside SKC. – 9:49 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Naji Marshall. Got that dog in him confirmed. – 9:49 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Pistons other than Hayes have started to score and Detroit is down by just four. – 9:48 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Been a really strong game for Bey. 18 points, 4-7 from 3 – 9:48 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
After trailing by as many as 16, the Pistons have pulled within four late in the third quarter. – 9:48 PM
Eric Nehm @eric_nehm
After three quarters, the Bucks lead, 97-94. Jrue Holiday is up to 31pts/3reb/5ast.
(Holiday’s career-high is 40 points, which he scored against the Pelicans on Dec. 17, 2021.) – 9:46 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Naji Marshall drills the 3-pointer and then had some loud words for the Detroit bench. – 9:45 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Killian has scored or assisted Detroit’s last 13 points – 9:44 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Killian has scored or assisted Detroit’s last 10 points. Pistons are on a 17-8 run and just cut the deficit to five, 67-62. He’s carrying them right now – 9:43 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Jose Alvarado went down hard. He was holding at his chest / not moving his right arm much. Pelicans had to use a timeout to get him out the game.
Felt like the whole team was on the court surrounding him before he walked out. – 9:43 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Saddiq Bey just made his third 3 of the night. It’s the first time he’s hit 3 in a game since Nov. 4.
Maybe the game he needs for the water to level? – 9:42 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Prayers up to Jose Alvarado. After watching the replay, it feels as though he may have cracked a rib. 🙏 – 9:42 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Jose Alvarado is down on the floor after taking a shot to the stomach. The whole team has surrounded him on the floor as he’s trying to recover. – 9:41 PM
Scott Kushner @ScottDKushner
Jose Alvarado is literally writhing in pain.
Whole team surrounding him. – 9:41 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Watching Zion Williamson chase down blocks has quickly become one of New Orleans’ favorite pastimes. – 9:40 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Zion is everywhere tonight. – 9:40 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Killian knocks down a long 2, gets Bey open for a 3 and then gets a steal and transition layup to cut the deficit to 10, 67-57. He’s the main reason the Pistons aren’t down 20 right now – 9:38 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Saddiq (wing!) 3 and Hayes steal and dunk. Pistons cut deficit to 10.
Hayes has been everything for Detroit so far. – 9:37 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Watch Zion from the start to finish of this clip 👀 pic.twitter.com/BI9wrny7LC9:34 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Pelicans 67, Pistons 52 with 6:48 remaining in the third. Pistons look like they have dead legs – 9:34 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Killian has had an answer for every Pelicans run tonight. Bad thing for the Pistons is that he’s the only one consistently doing it – 9:31 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Jose Alvarado drives in for a layup for his first points tonight early 3Q. He was scoreless at halftime yet was a +17 (to no one’s surprise) – 9:31 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Bojan Bogdanovic ejected with 2 technical fouls in rapid succession, leaving Pistons without their most proven shooter and a guy who’s had some big games in this arena. It’s hard to believe how many visiting coaches/players have been kicked out this season in @SmoothieKingCtr9:29 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Not sure what Bogey said to the ref, but the Pistons are down 16 and just lost their best scorer. – 9:28 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Bojan Bogdanovic gets the boot with 9:13 left in the third quarter. He was 1 for 8 from the floor. – 9:28 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Bojan Bogdanovic just said the magic words because he just got T’d up twice and got ejected. – 9:28 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Bojan Bogdanovic gets hit with two quick T’s and he’s gone. He didn’t waste anytime getting whatever he needed to off his chest. – 9:27 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of 1st half: Pels 56, Pistons 43
Williamson 18 pts
Murphy 10 pts
Valanciunas 8 pts, 7 rebs
Pels held the Pistons to 15 points in the 2nd after a slow start. JV and Zion combined for 18 in the 2nd. Pels starting to impose their will. They’re hoping to put it away in the 3rd – 9:10 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Up by double digits heading to break
#Pelicans | @HUBInsurance pic.twitter.com/PXIc8F6oJV9:10 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
HALFTIME: Pelicans 56, Pistons 43. Detroit just had too many cold stretches offensively and some bad turnovers.
Hayes: 8p, 5a and 4r
Stewart: 8p
Burks/Bey: 7p each
If Bogey can just do what he did last night again, the Pistons will be OK. – 9:09 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Killian sets it up, Stew does the rest💪
@Killian Hayes ➡️ @Isaiah Stewart pic.twitter.com/6GL4TjGWAB9:09 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Halftime: Pelicans 56, Pistons 43. Pels closed the half with a 14-3 run to take control of the game.
Hayes: 8 points, 5 assists, 4 steals
Stewart: 8 points
Williamson has 18 for New Orleans – 9:09 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans lead was just two, at 42-40 with 4:09 left in the first half. Then New Orleans’ D and Zion went bonkers, outscoring the Pistons 14-3.
Williamson has 18 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists at halftime. – 9:08 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
HALF: Pelicans 56, Pistons 43
– Zion: 18p, 5r, 2a, 6/10 FG, 6/9 FT
– Trey: 10p, 2/5 3P
– JV: 8p, 7r
– Larry: 3p, 7r, 2b
Pels: 46.8 FG%, 4/14 3P, 8/11 FT
Pistons: 32.6 FG%, 5/20 3P, 8/10 FT – 9:08 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
“They can not guard him!” – @adaniels33 pic.twitter.com/wo1oyRd91w9:08 PM

Dan Favale @danfavale
this is peek “zion makes what’s actually really difficult look incredibly routine” pic.twitter.com/qnCK1utDK79:07 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Halftime: #Pelicans 56, #Pistons 43.
Hayes: 8 pts, 4 rebs, 5 asts
Stewart: 8 pts, 1 reb
Bey: 7 pts, 3 rebs
Burks: 7 pts
Zion Williamson: 18 pts, 5 rebs, 2 asts (6-9 FG, 6-9 FT) – 9:07 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
A couple squabbles with the Pistons seem to have fired up #Pelicans and Zion to another level (as well as the crowd). Detroit was right in this game all half but last few minutes NOLA taking over. Zion 18 pts – 9:06 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Zion is ridiculous – 9:06 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
The latest GTA victim: Killian Hayes – 9:05 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Pelicans take their biggest lead of the game, 51-40, following a pair of free throws from Zion. Burks responds with a 3 to stop the bleeding – 9:05 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Defense isn’t the issue for Detroit tonight. Offense has really struggled against a top-tier defense.
Rough halves for all starters not named Hayes or Stewart. – 9:05 PM
Spencer Percy @QCHspencer
I just want it to be known that I never sold my Killian Hayes property. I still visit one weekend every year. – 8:58 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
New Orleans has a 46-40 lead over Detroit with 2:58 left in the first half. – 8:57 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Hayes bottles up McCollum, assists a Stewart 3, and then knocks down a middy on the next possession. Playing another very strong two-way game – 8:56 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
There’s someone talking crap to the Pistons in the front row. Both Stew and Saddiq had aggressive words after making corner 3s. – 8:56 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Getting buckets while getting tackled 💪 pic.twitter.com/O65uYQTi3A8:49 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
The #Pelicans lead 34-33 with 8:01 left in the first half. – 8:47 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Congratulations Blake on his pregame victory, winning the 2021 Panini Chronicles Draft Picks box!
#Pelicans | @MarkmanBreakers pic.twitter.com/llzhby3PYZ8:43 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Duren lucky he didn’t get hit with a tech, looked like he slightly shoved one of the Pelicans lol – 8:43 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Looked like Alvarado had extended conversation with Cory Joseph after Pistons sent Zion to the floor again as he attempted shot in paint. Joseph seemed to be explaining that he was trying to wrap him up (but unsuccessfully). Anyway, tech on Naji after brief shouting with Duren – 8:43 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Technical foul on Naji Marshall after that exchange with Jalen Duren. – 8:42 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Larry Nance Jr. is about to have an ugly conversation with that rim on #Pelicans offensive end. Cannot catch a break on point-blank shots – 8:40 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
The Pelicans can’t make anything at the rim tonight – 8:40 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
End of 1: Pistons 28, Pelicans 27. Detroit cooled off after opening the quarter 7-0, shooting 10-27 overall and 3-12 from 3.
Bogdanovic: 5 points
Stewart: 5 points
Hayes: 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists – 8:38 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Down 1 after the first quarter
#Pelicans | @TaxAct pic.twitter.com/O6krsKh1eV8:37 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
End of the 1st quarter: #Pistons 28, #Pelicans 27.
Bogdanovic: 5 pts, 1 reb
Stewart: 5 pts, 1 reb
Hayes: 4 pts, 4 rebs, 4 asts
Duren: 4 pts, 4 rebs
Ivey: 4 pts, 1 reb – 8:36 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
END OF 1Q: Pistons 28, Pelicans 27. Solid quarter for Detroit, which continue to be road pests.
Really good quarter for Killian Hayes, who has 4/4/4.
Beef Stew and Ivey each with 5 points. – 8:36 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Hug Zion and he’s still going to score on you pic.twitter.com/CHlyDn2KhA8:36 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
End of the 1st: Pistons 28, Pelicans 27
Williamson 8 pts
Murphy 7 pts
McCollum 4 pts – 8:36 PM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Cory Joseph tried to wrap up Zion to prevent the and-one but Kevin Knox (who’s also on the floor right now for Pistons) can testify first-hand that the guy is just too strong – 8:35 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Cory Joseph wraps Zion up in transition, but somehow he still gets the layup to go for a 3-point play opportunity. He did the “too small” move as soon as he got up, too. – 8:35 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Cory probably could’ve left Zion alone there – 8:34 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Zion Williamson was adamant about “too smalling” Corey Joseph after that And-1 dropped 🤣 – 8:34 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
Zion Williamson just ‘too smalled’ Cory Joseph.
Joseph completely wrapped him up with both arms and Zion still scored. – 8:34 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Corey Joseph tried to wrap up Zion. Didn’t matter. Still scored. – 8:34 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Zion just hit Cory Joseph with the “Too Small” after the and-one – 8:34 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Trey Murphy grimaced a little bit after attempting that last offensive rebound, and then grabbed at his lower back region when sitting on the bench while talking to a Pels staff member. – 8:32 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Jose Alvarado gets a warm ovation from the fans here in New Orleans as he checks in for the first time tonight. – 8:32 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Trey steals it on one end 👊
Slams it on the other end 👊 pic.twitter.com/4E4Su1GTHR8:30 PM

Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
With two more dunks early in this one, what are the odds that Trey Murphy finishes with the most jams on the Pelicans this season?
As it stands this very second, New Orleans dunk leaders:
1. Larry Nance: 32
2. Zion Williamson: 28
3. Trey Murphy: 24 – 8:30 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
The #Pistons lead 22-21 over the #Pelicans with 2:38 left in the first quarter. – 8:27 PM
Andrew Lopez @_Andrew_Lopez
That was so nice of Larry Nance to miss that so Trey Murphy could get a putback dunk.
Larry just trying to help Trey get to the dunk contest.
True teammates right there. – 8:27 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Killian Hayes has 4 points, 4 rebounds and 3 assists through the first 8 minutes of the game. – 8:25 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
The Zion handles and that spin move 👀 pic.twitter.com/rYM8GwWbSR8:23 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Duren and Burks checks in for Ivey and Bagley. – 8:23 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Zion Williamson gets the 3-point play to go and the #Pelicans lead 13-11. – 8:21 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Pistons are up 11-10 early in New Orleans. Good start for the young backcourt. – 8:19 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Pretty wild to hear someone from the opposing bench yell “hand-off” well before Zion gets the ball on a hand-off, and yet opponents can’t do anything to slow him down on those plays. – 8:18 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
#Pistons lead 11-10 midway through the first quarter. Ivey and Hayes with 4 points each. – 8:18 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
A game of runs so far. Detroit starts the game on a 7-0 run and New Orleans counters with an 8-0 run. – 8:15 PM
Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Two lottery picks going at it early in this one.
Dyson Daniels just ripped Jaden Ivey and went coast-to-coast for an and-one. – 8:15 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
Jaden Ivey can’t get past Dyson Daniels on his first couple of drives, and now DD hits a fun runner off glass + the harm.
Pelicans up 8-7 on the Pistons early. – 8:15 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
And a dunk like that will get Trey Murphy on the NBA’s radar for the Dunk Contest – 8:12 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Bojan picks up where he left off last night and splashes a 3-pointer. Killian gets a steal and dunk right after that. Detroit has an early 7-0 lead over the Pelicans. – 8:12 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Zion hasn’t touched the ball on the Pels first 3 possessions – 8:12 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Go now before it’s too late!
Play Courtside Challenge on the #Pelicans app for your chance to win!
@SeatGeek 🤩 pic.twitter.com/0tQtYCiVeI7:56 PM

Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
Isaiah Livers (right shoulder sprain) isn’t playing tonight, but he’s getting some shots up. pic.twitter.com/3jI5FjaiyK7:52 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Usual Pistons starters – 7:38 PM
Mike Curtis @MikeACurtis2
#Pistons starters: Killian Hayes, Jaden Ivey, Bojan Bogdanovic, Isaiah Stewart and Marvin Bagley III. – 7:34 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Tonight’s injury report presented by @HenryFordHealth. pic.twitter.com/FPuwoz42c57:32 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Pelicans starters:
CJ McCollum
Dyson Daniels
Trey Murphy
Zion Williamson
Jonas Valanciunas – 7:32 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
30 mins away!
Tune In 👀
7 pm CT
@BallySportsNO
@995WRNO pic.twitter.com/37rLsExWDs7:31 PM

Christian Clark @cclark_13
Starters:
CJ McCollum
Dyson Daniels
Trey Murphy
Zion Williamson
Jonas Valanciunas – 7:27 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Starters for tonight’s matchup!
#Pelicans | @Verizon pic.twitter.com/SYqj0l5Odi7:26 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Devonte’ Graham (right great toe sprain) is AVAILABLE for tonight’s game vs. Detroit – 7:12 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Parade of fire fits.
#ULTRADrip | @michelobultra pic.twitter.com/OuL8KsBqYF7:11 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Brandon Ingram is out here getting some shots up before tonight’s game.
He’ll be out again tonight but this is a good sign that he’s getting closer to a return. pic.twitter.com/tW09dL9wMB7:07 PM

Larry Nance Jr @Larrydn22
Tonight we’re wearing our blue jerseys! Get the one off my back and help support NOLA public schools!
Here’s how to bid…
https://t.co/HobuldxlzC pic.twitter.com/6SjyTQ2Dqm6:46 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
locked in
#UltraDrip | @MichelobULTRA pic.twitter.com/EYVkNSYWty6:41 PM

Will Guillory @WillGuillory
Herb Jones is out tonight, per Willie Green.
Devonte’ Graham will go thru his pregame warmup then the team will determine his status. – 6:23 PM
Christian Clark @cclark_13
Herb Jones is out, Willie Green says. Devonte’ Graham will warm up before a decision about his status is made. – 6:21 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Willie Green said Herb Jones is OUT tonight. – 6:21 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Bojan was all smiles and locked in as he returned to play Utah for the first time since his departure😄🔒
Get a behind-the-scenes look in our latest episode of ‘Under the Hood’, ‘Going Back and Giving Back’.
🔗: https://t.co/4GVE0ug379 pic.twitter.com/pgwI88400m5:58 PM

Larry Nance Jr @Larrydn22
Schaumburg Elementary School is the NOLA public school we’re benefiting tonight with our jersey auction!
Here’s how to bid on my GAMEWORN jersey signed and personalized to you!
auctions.neworleanssaints.com/iSynApp/allAuc…5:53 PM
Jake Madison @NOLAJake
If you need a Pistons follow my guy @KuKhahil has you covered – 5:42 PM
Oleh Kosel @OlehKosel
The Pelicans have a golden opportunity to snap a dry spell that’s lasted almost five years against the Pistons tonight.
New Orleans hasn’t won 5 straight games since ending the 2017-18 season with 5 consecutive W’s .
Time to put that streak to bed! https://t.co/NNMZs48v1w pic.twitter.com/cCxoNonuan5:30 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
What are your predictions for tonight’s Pelicans game? pic.twitter.com/DPUiWwwSbX5:16 PM
New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
Only a few more hours till tip-off against the Pistons 👀
📺: @BallySportsNO
📻: @995WRNO
#Pelicans | @ankr pic.twitter.com/Xvm8wGSGGV4:54 PM

Danny Leroux @DannyLeroux
Dunc’d On Prime: East 15 in 60 Mailbag: IND, NYK, CHA, ORL, DET with @Nate Duncan
Join with our @SethPartnow Sale!
https://t.co/2eiXvIjSWG pic.twitter.com/awA6zFQ7IP4:08 PM

Bill Simmons @BillSimmons
Are the Pelicans officially contenders? pic.twitter.com/9a2rT1jkLy3:49 PM

StatMuse @statmuse
Pascal Siakam this season:
More PPG than
— Zion
— Kyrie
— PG13
— Jokic
More RPG than
— KAT
— Turner
— Robinson
— Claxton
More APG than
— Curry
— DLo
— Draymond
— LeBron pic.twitter.com/kWbppReGwf3:48 PM

Jake Madison @NOLAJake
Locked On Pelicans is live!
🏀 Zion Williamson MVP candidate?
🏀 What the numbers say, the narrative fits
🏀 X-factors that could win him the award
🎧 https://t.co/BETlDzTh35
Watch on YouTube!
📺 https://t.co/4DBESaga40 pic.twitter.com/zj2gVKQOgy3:30 PM

Austin Kent @AustinKent
The perfect blend of Russell Westbrook and Ja Morant, Jaden Ivey is one of the most fascinating rookies of the 2022 class.
His debut is here and it’s glorious. Gonna live vicariously through you all on this one.
🎁 : https://t.co/YrPNT5ICow pic.twitter.com/0eHCG1rrRX3:07 PM

New Orleans Pelicans @PelicansNBA
We host the Pistons tonight! 👀
@ErinESummers with a preview 🎙
#Pelicans | @Ibotta pic.twitter.com/eQNchv10rW2:57 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
The Detroit News’ high school football all-area teams: bit.ly/3UHbvM92:24 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
What Up Doe #Pistons Fans🤝
Get your favorite Pistons jersey ready because we are officially one week away from #NBAJerseyDay. Can’t wait to see which jersey you are rockin’ 🔥 pic.twitter.com/LCsVcT2SNy2:12 PM

Nate Duncan @NateDuncanNBA
Dunc’d On Prime: East 15 in 60 Mailbag: IND, NYK, CHA, ORL, DET with @Danny Leroux
Join with our @SethPartnow Sale!
https://t.co/0OLM0cUWJ9 pic.twitter.com/PdUu1nYMM82:05 PM

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