Kentavious Caldwell Pope scores 33 as Pistons edge Hornets in overtime
Kentavious Caldwell Pope plays 43 minutes, making 11 of 25 field goal attempts. AP

KENTAVIOUS Caldwell Pope scored 33 points for the Detroit Pistons in a wild 114-108 comeback victory over the slumping  New Orleans Hornets on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).  

Caldwell Pope, whose name has been mentioned in trade rumors but stayed put, drained three consecutive three-pointers to tie the game at 100 with 18 seconds left to force overtime against the Hornets who led by 10 points in the last eight minutes of regulation.  

Marcus Morris scored the first basket followed by Caldwell Pope with another triple to spark a 10-2 run in overtime.

Charlotte led most of the game and was up 62-50 at the half. It increased its advantage to 18 in the third quarter before the Pistons rallied in the fourth.

Detroit leaned on its outside shooting to outscore the Hornets 30-15 in the fourth quarter.  The team would make 15 of 37 triples in the game.  

Tobias Harris was 9 of 17 from the field for 25 points off the bench. Morris added 16 points and 8 rebounds. Andre Drummond finished with 12 points and 13 boards for Detroit which is holding on to its 8th place in the Eastern Conference.

Kemba Walker scored 34 points for the Hornets who have lost five straight and are now ranked 11th in the East.  Nicolas Batum added 18 points while Frank Kaminsky added 17. 

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