While the New Orleans Hornets have been able to hang tough through three quarters of play, they've been plagued by an inability to get things going over the final 12 minutes.
The Detroit Pistons have experienced fourth-quarter woes of their own - and despite almost letting another win slip away - managed to hold off their last opponent.
Hoping to avoid a 14th loss in 15 games, Western Conference-worst New Orleans looks to snap a five-game road losing streak Saturday night when it visits the Palace of Auburn Hills.
One day after getting outscored 32-16 in the fourth quarter of a 120-103 loss to Phoenix, the Hornets' late-game struggles continued in Thursday's 93-81 loss at San Antonio. New Orleans (4-19) shot just 29.0 percent from the floor in getting outscored 22-13 in the final quarter.
"It's just closing out games like coach said over and over but like I said (Wednesday) night, we just have to flush the toilet on this one and look forward to the next game and continue to work...