March 14, 2012; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings shooting guard Francisco Garcia (32) reacts after scoring a basket against the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter at Power Balance Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-US PRESSWIRE
After losing another downer in Utah and falling behind double digits early against Sacramento in their second of five straight on the road -- where the Pistons were 3-16 entering Wednesday night -- the Pistons seemed destined for one of those record breaking blow outs. You know, one of those.
Then the Pistons went on a 20-5 run to close out the second quarter to pull within one at the half. In the third quarter, the Pistons scored, oh, only 40 points to SacTown's 23 and took the same 16-point lead the Kings had early in the second to the fourth as their own. The Pistons had 97 points at that point, 33 coming from Rodney Stuckey.
By the end of the game, the team that was averaging a 28th best 89.4 points per game coming in had 124 big ones with 114 coming from the starters. When I looked at the box score again after the game, I couldn't help but think that it was from a video game and the only reason four bench players saw some time is because I forgot to turn off the auto subs and was too lazy to sub the starters back in at certain points.
I'm not sure who would qualify as the created player in my little virtual scenario, but Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey both could've been mistaken for a little digital guy I'd build with the gaudiest, most impossible muscles while still having the magical skills and agility of a globetrotting gazelle -- Monroe had 32 points on 15-for-20 shooting and 11 rebounds; Stuckey had 35 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
Tayshaun Prince, polishing his Charlie Villanueva for the trade deadline I hope, added 28 points in one of his best games this season. Brandon Knight also had a double-double with 10 points and 11 assists (no turnovers). The Pistons shot 58-percent and I dribbled in my pants once or twice after Stuckey three-pointers.
The Pistons are back on the hardwood grind on Friday against Lindsey Hunter's Suns in Phoenix.
- Seriously, go look at the BOX SCORE. You'll have a good time.
- Tayshaun Prince passed 9,000 points and is now 9th in the Pistons' books, passing John Long.
- I put this in the game thread but I'll do it again here [via Justin Rogers]:
- Rodney Stuckey was 4-for-6 from three-point range. He's hit four or more three-pointers only twice before in his career. The other time was earlier this season.
- After Cousins got the best of Monroe last game, it was Monroe Wednesday night -- Cousins was 5-for-15 with 14 points and seven rebounds.
- Greg Monroe is averaging 13 points (on 24-for-39 shooting) and 8.5 rebounds per game against Cousins and the Kings in four games.
- The 16-point comeback win was the Pistons first since doing in the season finale in 2009-2010 against Minnesota, according to Langlois.
- Ed. note: This was done early, early this morning but couldn't get posted until now because my internet was out. Sorry for the delay.
- Ed. note 2: HUGE thanks to Fuad Shalhout for coming out of the shadows to post the game preview yesterday. Let's hope he joins in on the conversation on a daily basis because that was a great preview. If you want to do a preview, sign up here.
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Last time three Pistons scored at least 28 points was Jan. 12, 2000. Grant Hill, Lindsey Hunter and Jerry Stackhouse each had 29 vs. Knicks