Josh Smith's buzzer-beater lifts Pistons to win in preseason finale, 99-98

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Josh Smith's ninth three-pointer in the Pistons' preseason finale was a buzzer beater to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-98.

If you want Josh Smith to take fewer threes, J-Smoove hitting a game-winning buzzer-beater three in the last game of the preseason will not help the cause. The three put the Pistons past the Minnesota Timberwolves, 99-98.

See what happens when I shoot a lot of threes? This happens once in a blue moon:

It went in and it was still ugly.

Smith was 3 for 9 shooting from beyond the arc and just 6 for 17 overall. He led all scorers with 20 points in nearly 34 minutes.

Smith's nine three-point attempts put him at 41 during the preseason, the most on the Pistons and Top 20 in the NBA. Yikes. Of course, he did hit 39-percent of them.

As for the rest of the game, Will Bynum led the way during strong second and fourth quarters. Bynum had 17 points and nine assists in under 26 minutes. He distributed two oops in the game, one to Drummond and another to Smith. Drummond had a double-double with 11 points and 20 (!) rebounds.

The Pistons closed out the preseason 4-4 and now have almost a full week before their season opener against the Washington Wizards next Wednesday night.

How do you feel about Smith's shooting and the Pistons in general heading into the regular season?

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