NEW ORLEANS -- Ryan Anderson's two triples in overtime to go with his 22 points helped to send the Detroit Pistons to a 111-106 loss tonight.
Josh Smith's two running jump hooks near the end of regulation forced overtime, but after fighting uphill all night the Pistons (10-13) couldn't avoid their third-straight loss.
In his annual trip to his hometown, Greg Monroe led the Pistons with 28 points and 10 rebounds, but his 2-for-7 night from the free-throw line was indicative of the Pistons' 17-for-27 shooting night at the line.
Bradon Jennings had 25 points and four assists and Rodney Stuckey scored 20 points after missing the previous two games with a sore knee. He appeared to suffer an injury to his hand in the fourth and didn't play in the extra period.
Andre Drummond finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
After trailing for most of the game, the Pistons went into overtime with the momentum.
Smith's triple opened the scoring in overtime and a Monroe lay-up gave the Pistons a 101-98 lead.
But Anderson tied the game with a triple and Al-Farouq Aminu's free throw gave the Pelicans the edge.
It looked like the Pelicans would extend their lead, but a Smith steal led to break-away dunk for Monroe.
Anderson's second triple with 1:12 left gave the Pelicans a 105-103 lead. Jrue Holiday then stole the ball from Jennings and Holiday's free throw extended the lead to three.
Smith's steal led to Monroe splitting two free throws with 25.3 seconds left. Anderson hit two free throws and Jennings answered with a runner to make the score 108-106 with 13 seconds left.
Tyreke Evans was fouled and made the first and appeared to miss the second, but the Pistons were called for a lane violation. He made the do-over free throw and that was the game as the Pelicans moved to 10-10 on the season.
For all the talk about Smith's three-point shooting and the Pistons' spacing issues, there are two things really hurting them during their latest two losses.
Rebounding and dribble penetration were issues tonight -- just like they were issues during Tuesday night's loss to the Timberwolves.
Holiday got to the basket at will in the early going and was a problem all night in going for 19 points and eight assists.
And the Pistons were getting out-rebounded by 16 going into the fourth quarter.
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