The Detroit Pistons made sure that it was their names that went into the hat for the Eastern Conference Playoffs on Wednesday night as they held off the Charlotte Hornets for the eighth seed thanks to a 115-89 win over the horrid New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden. They had to get the win in order to clinch their place, and they had to do it without star forward Blake Griffin, too.
It was no problem in the end, however, as they rolled past their hosts and qualified for their first playoff appearance since 2015 with a record of 41-41 over the season. That sets them up with the unenviable task of having to take on the Milwaukee Bucks in the first round. Luke Kennard led all scorers with 27 points for the Pistons, while Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond also scored 20+ in the rout.