The crowd at New Orleans Arena roared as Brandon Knight strolled to the scorer's table midway through the fourth quarter, the Pistons looking like they would suffer yet another road defeat after Brook Lopez gave the Hornets a seven-point lead with a layup.

Three minutes later, Knight strutted and flexed his way down the sideline following a hockey assist that led to a Greg Monroe dunk and gave the Pistons a two-point lead with less than two minutes remaining in the game.

He triggered the late Pistons run and nearly helped them to a win over the rebuilding Hornets before mental errors and flaws in execution sealed matters in another setback.

Knight acquitted himself well, though. After a slow start to the game — a factor that usually spells doom — he rebounded to score 22 points and gamely battled Hornets guard Eric Gordon on every possession, holding him to three points in the second half.

"I have to give my team a lift and if I can't lift my team up or change the game — just have to provide a spark, somehow, someway," Knight said.