Jefferson, Hornets beat Pistons 108-101 for 5th straight win

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Al Jefferson scored 24 points and the streaking Charlotte Hornets beat the Detroit Pistons 108-101 on Sunday night in a matchup of Eastern Conference playoff hopefuls.

The Hornets have won five straight to strengthen their bid for a postseason berth, while Detroit has dropped six in a row.

Mo Williams had 19 points and nine assists for the Hornets, and Gerald Henderson added 13 points, nine assists and six rebounds. Charlotte put all five starters in double figures for the fifth time in six games.

Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 25 points, but scored only four on 2-of-9 shooting in the second half. Greg Monroe added 18 points and 11 rebounds, but the Pistons continued to struggle from outside, shooting only 3 of 14 on 3-pointers.