New Orleans Pelicans beat Detroit Pistons 117-110 in overtime
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — A makeshift New Orleans Pelicans lineup blew a 16-point lead in the fourth quarter on Monday.
Lonzo Ball helped his teammates salvage the night.
Ball scored five of his 17 points in overtime and the Pelicans beat the Detroit Pistons 117-110.
“That was a tough game,” Ball said. “We kind of lost it in the fourth quarter, but we got it back in overtime and ended up with a good win.”
The Pistons are still missing starters Blake Griffin (knee), Luke Kennard (knee) and Reggie Jackson (back), while the Pelicans played without their top three scorers — Brandon Ingram (knee), Jrue Holiday (elbow) and JJ Redick (hamstring) — along with Derrick Favors (hamstring) and Zion Williamson (knee).
“Over the course of the NBA season, guys are going to get an opportunity,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “The question is whether or not they take advantage. Tonight, everyone we put in the lineup did that. This was just a great team effort.”
Along with the injuries, Pistons coach Dwane Casey benched Andre Drummond for the fourth quarter and overtime, playing Christian Wood for the final 20:23. Casey also went with youngsters Svi Mykhailiuk and Sekou Doumbouya down the stretch.