Rick Osentoski-US PRESSWIRE
LaMarcus Aldridge caught fire in the second half, putting up 21 of his game high 31 and sent Detroit to their 11th loss in their last 12 games.
The Pistons' offense put up quarters of 30, 27, and 26 points. But it sputtered with an 18 point third, which led to another third quarter collapse.
Rodney Stuckey was fantastic once again with 32 points on 23 shots, continuing his strong play in Brandon Knight's absence with a sprained ankle. Funnily enough, after putting up 22 against the Warriors on Wednesday night, last night's game was the first time Stuckey scored over 20 in consecutive games since exactly one year prior.
Early in the fourth quarter, Aldridge put the team on his back and accounted for 10 straight Blazer points.
After pulling away with a 12 point lead with 4:31 remaining, it looked like Portland would coast to the win. But MFWB took over. After a tip by Maxiell, Will Bynum scored 8 straight points in less than a minute(!) to close the gap to two.
But they tripped over their own feet in crunch time giving up open shots, offensive rebounds, and failing to convert on their end.
- Greg Monroe put up a solid line with 14 points on 9 shots, 9 boards, and 6 assists to go with only 1 turnover. But his effort seemed lacking at points, especially on the defensive end.
- In lotto balls news, the Wizards passed by the Pistons' record and John Wall has been nuts since the Pistons shut him down in their last win.
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