Hornets look to extend Pistons’ nine-game slide

The Detroit Pistons nearly overcame the absence of numerous starters and second unit players on Tuesday. The final result was another loss, their ninth in a row.They’ll look to end the slide when they host the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.Their home game against Washington was tied in the final minute, but the Pistons allowed two costly offensive rebounds and the Wizards won 119-117 on Daniel Gafford’s putback at the buzzer.It was Detroit’s sixth loss by six or fewer points during the current skid.”Everyone looks at the last play, but there were a lot of plays before that,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “I applaud those guys for fighting that hard against a team trying to make the playoffs. A lot of them weren’t here two weeks ago, and they are still figuring out how to play together.”Detroit’s injured list included leading scorer Bojan Bogdanovic (Achilles), Alec Burks (foot), Jalen Duren (ankle), Killian Hayes (hand), Hamidou Diallo (ankle) and Isaiah Stewart (hip). Franchise player Cade Cunningham suffered a season-ending shin injury in November.Diallo will miss the remainder of the season after spraining his ankle in a loss to Portland on Monday.”He brings so much energy to the game,” Casey said. “That’s what we’ll miss.”Rookie guard Jaden Ivey kept the Pistons close with 26 points and 12 assists. James Wiseman, who was acquired at last month’s trade deadline, had 21 points.Eugene Omoruyi, who is playing on a 10-day contract, contributed 15 points and six rebounds. R.J. Hampton, who signed with the team on Feb. 23 after being waived by Orlando, added 11 points.The last time Detroit celebrated a victory was Feb. 10, when it defeated San Antonio in double overtime. The Pistons are 2-12 since the beginning of February, with the other victory coming against the Hornets.