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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The New Orleans Pelicans brought the hot Detroit Pistons back t
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The New Orleans Pelicans brought the hot Detroit Pistons back to earth.The Pistons came in having won of nine of 10, but were never competitive with New Orleans. Anthony Davis had 27 points and 10 rebounds as the Pelicans beat the Pistons 105-94 on Wednesday night.That was a bad performance, and we have to make sure it stops tonight, said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. We didnt do anything. We didnt rebound and we didnt protect the paint, which were two big areas of emphasis. We brought absolutely no energy whatsoever to the game.The Pelicans (19-19) were missing Jrue Holliday (ankle), but easily picked up their second win in five games. Tyreke Evans added 18 points, nine assists and eight rebounds for the Pelicans, while Ryan Anderson came off the bench to score 17.Brandon Jennings had 19 for the Pistons (14-25), while Greg Monroe had 16 points and eight rebounds and was the only other starter to reach double figures.The Pistons only managed three offensive rebounds in the game, usually a strength.That was unacceptable, said Monroe, who led the team in both rebounds and assists (five). We just gave them an easy win. We have to be a lot better than that.The Pelicans dominated the first half, with the exception of Detroits 6-0 run to end the first quarter. New Orleans led 58-36 at the intermission, helped in great part by a 36-point second period that saw them outrebound Detroit 14-2.We played the right way, said New Orleans coach Monty Williams. Thats the only way I can sum it up. We shared the ball; we defended the ball; we played in transition.The Pistons only managed 10 rebounds in the first half to 24 for New Orleans, and had just one second-chance opportunity despite missing 13 of their 15 jumpers in the opening two quarters. Andre Drummond struggled for Detroit, scoring only two points in 17 minutes and saw his team outscored by 21 points while he was on the floor.He didnt get better in the second half, and spent most of it on the bench.This is four games in a row where he hasnt had any energy, Van Gundy said. Tonight, he didnt even rebound. Thats why I didnt bring him back in the second half. He wasnt bringing us anything tonight.New Orleans stayed in control in the third quarter, and even when the Pelicans made mistakes, the Pistons couldnt capitalize. After one turnover, Kyle Singler led a Detroit fast break, only to pass the ball directly to New Orleans forward Dante Cunningham. Singler didnt hustle back on defence, leading to an open 3-pointer for the Pelicans. A furious Van Gundy yanked him from the game.The Pistons scored the final seven points of the period to pull within 83-66, but never posed a serious threat in the fourth.That was fun, said Pelicans guard Eric Gordon. Everyone was scoring and everyone was contributing.TIP-INSPELICANS: Nate Wolters joined the Pelicans on a 10-day contract, but did not play as Monty Williams stayed with his rotation until the final 25 seconds. Wolters had several memorable duals down the street at Oakland University while attending North Dakota State, and ended his college career at the Palace in an NCAA Tournament loss to Michigan.PISTONS: With Detroit playing its sixth game in nine nights, and both Spencer Dinwiddie and Gigi Datome in the D-League, it didnt take long for Van Gundy to empty his bench. 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Napier had 22 points on 8-of-16 shooting with six rebounds, and played lockdown defence in his final collegiate game. His career began as a freshman on the 2011 Connecticut team that won the title behind star guard Kemba Walker. Now, Napier is the man. "I will say one thing when they say Ray, Rip, Ben, Emeka, Kemba -- theyll soon say Shabazz," former coach Jim Calhoun, who won the 2011 title, said after watching the 2014 squad cut down the nets. Calhoun was referring to Ray Allen, Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Ben Gordon, Emeka Okafor and Kemba Walker. All except Okafor were guards. Not bad company at all. The Huskies steelyy point guard outshined Kentuckys freshmen phenoms.dddddddddddd Napier and fellow backcourt mate Ryan Boatright controlled the tempo and together outscored Wildcats twin guards Aaron and Andrew Harrison 36-15. On Saturday against Florida in the semifinals, Napier had 12 points and six assists. 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