Al-Farouq Aminu supplied a double-double of 12 points and 14 boards as New Orleans sank a total of 10 shots from long range.
The Pistons got 19 points from Rodney Stuckey but could manage only 36 percent shooting from the field in the setback.
Greg Monroe donated 17 and 11 rebounds in the loss.
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