Reggie Jackson wins it at the line as Pistons avert collapse, prevail in wild finish over Hornets
Reggie Jackson had the last laugh on his match-up with Kemba Walker after draining the go-ahead free throws. AP

REGGIE Jackson sank the game-winning free throws and Tobias Harris scored 25 points off the bench as the Detroit Pistons held off a 44-point fourth quarter explosion by the Charlotte Hornets to narrowly escape with a 115-114 win on Thursday (Friday, Manila time).  

Detroit led from the opening tip and led by as much as 19 points before Kemba Walker led the Hornets on a 44-30 outburst in the last period. A 3-pointer from Spencer Hawes tied the game 113-all with 8 seconds remaining.

Jackson, who finished with 22 points and 11 assists, was sent to the line on a foul by Kemba Walker and sank both charities to give Detroit a one-point lead.

After a Hornets timeout, Mario Belinelli was inbounding from the sideline with 0.5 seconds left on the clock. Pistons defender Marcus Morris had his back turned from Belinelli, who bounced the ball off him and made a bank shot as time expired but was waved off by the referees.

It was the Piston’s third win in 10 games.

Morris had 20 points and 10 rebounds, Andre Drummond added 16 points to go with his nine boards while Boban Marjanovic finished with 15 points and 19 rebounds.

Walker had 32 points, 20 in the fourth quarter, and seven rebounds for Charlotte. Marvin Williams added 19 points while Spencer Hawes chipped in 18.

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