Charlotte (38-42) has won three straight to cling to its chances of rallying for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.
The Pistons (39-41) have lost four in a row to possibly plummet from being a sixth-seeded team to missing the postseason for a third consecutive year and the ninth time in a decade.
Detroit coach Dwane Casey said before the game that his team had to slow down Walker after he helped the Hornets win the previous three matchups.
That simply didn’t happen.
Walker had 11 points in the first quarter and nine in the second, lifting the Hornets to a 60-42 lead.
The electric point guard had plenty of help.
Detroit was led by reserve point guard Ish Smith, who scored 20 points, for a team struggling offensively. Blake Griffin had 16 points on 5 of 18 shooting, looking like he’s playing through an injury. Andre Drummond had 15 points and 23 rebounds and Wayne Ellington scored 14 points.
Pistons: The 2004 NBA champions, including Chauncey Billups, were welcomed back and honored throughout the game and during a halftime ceremony.
Hornets: Close regular season at Cleveland on Tuesday and at home against Orlando on Wednesday.
Pistons: Ends regular season against Memphis on Tuesday and at New York on Wednesday.