The Pistons won.
The Pistons came back from an 11-point halftime deficit with a 34-20 third. The fourth quarter was a competitive back-and-forth affair until it came to a standstill around the four-minute mark when the Hawks started playing Hack-a-Dre. Drummond missed four straight free throws before getting pulled from the game. In the final two minutes, Kyle Singler hit a pair of triples and free throws to ice it.
What stood out:
Andre Drummond was also a glaring 0-for-8 from the free throw line. My brother was sitting 4 rows back, free throw line extended, and said he could easily sense Drummond's anxiety. Drummond was supposedly extremely fidgety -- rubbing his sweaty hands on his shorts non-stop, blowing into them, taking multiple deep breaths, etc. Rodney Stuckey even had a short talk with him before his fourth straight miss.
Drummond is the 4th player in the last 50 years to score at least 20 points and go 0-for-8 from the line -- Wilt Chamberlain, Elvin Hayes and Shaquille O'Neal are the other three.
Who stood out:
Brandon Jennings scored 12 of the Pistons' final 20 points in the third quarter to help give them a three-point lead going into the fourth. Before he started scoring -- he was 0-for-8 shooting before hitting his first shot -- he assisted three straight dunks to get the Pistons back in the game. Jennings also stood out for not playing beyond the 1:23 mark of the third. Jennings finished with 14 assists and just one turnover.
-- Box score stuffers:
Double-doubles for Smith, Monroe, Drummond & Jennings and 20 points for Singler. Pistons snap 3-game skid with 115-107 win.— Keith Langlois (@Keith_Langlois) February 22, 2014
-- And not so much:
KCP becomes the first player to post three straight trillions of at least three minutes since Sasha Vujacic in 2009.— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) February 22, 2014
-- Pistons were 13-for-29 from the stripe.
-- But they hit 40 percent of their threes (8-for-20). The Pistons are 15-8 this season in games in which they hit at least seven three pointers.
-- Brand on getting posterized:
Brand on getting posterized by Drummond: "Normally, that's a flagrant, but I like that kid and he's Sheed's guy, so I took one there."— Dave Hogg (@Stareagle) February 22, 2014
-- Will Bynum played the entire fourth quarter for Jennings.
-- The Pistons are 2.5 games back of the No. 8 seed. They are 3.5 games back of the No. 5 seed. With 27 games left, it has been overstated just how "over" this season is after those losses to the Bobcats. Overcoming 2.5 games in 27 wouldn't exactly be groundbreaking stuff...
Bynum: "With us I think it takes one spark, one mental change, a little adjustment and we can go on a run." #Pistons— Vincent Goodwill (@vgoodwill) February 22, 2014
But it's true; the schedule is not kind.
-- I wonder if Kyle Singler asked Kyle Korver after the game where he tans.
-- Roll Call was not working after the game. I will update when it's baaaaack.
Now, your thoughts.