Eric Gordon hit the game-winning layup with just 1.9 seconds to play as the New Orleans Pelicans rallied to defeat the Detroit Pistons 103-101 at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Detroit, Michigan Friday night.
The Pistons had a timeout remaining after Gordon’s game-winner, but chose not use it, instead letting Brandon Jennings throw up a 50-foot heave that was no good.
Gordon finished with 15 points.
Anthony Morrow came off the bench to lead the Pelicans with 21 points, shooting four-of-five from beyond the arc.
The Pelicans trailed by 16 in the third quarter and were down 10 with 5:39 left in the game, but got back-to-back three’s by Morrow to quickly cut the lead to four. Morrow made another three a few possessions later to cut the lead to 98-97 with 2:04 to go. The Pelicans scored the next four points to take a 101-98 lead before the Pistons got a free throw by Rodney Stuckey and a Josh Smith layup to set up Gordon’s winner.
Jennings led the Pistons with 28 points and seven assists while Andre Drummond poured in 21 points and 20 rebounds.
The Pelicans are 17-25 while the Pistons are 17-26.