The Detroit Pistons were once again no-shows in the fourth quarter, going from mildly competitive to somewhat of a blowout. The Pistons offense has gone from surprisingly competent considering the roster makeup and lack of outside shooting to an outright embarrassment. Bad shot selection and lack of ball movement, wash, rinse, repeat. The Pistons had more turnovers (16) than assists (15).
And while one of the team's strengths is usually a strong rebounding advantage tonight the big men were largely a nonfactor. Detroit shot better than its competitor, including from deep, but got smoked on the boards 54-39. Oh, and the team also was absolute garbage from the free-throw line, making only 10 of 24 shots from the charity stripe.
Who stood out
Former Piston Amir Johnson had a strong game with 20 points and nine rebounds while DeMar DeRozan led all scorers with 25 points and a +30 net rating. Conversely, Josh Smith stood out for another night of horrible shot selection. Smith had 11 shots outside of eight feet and only made three of them. He didn't fare much better in the paint, either, making only two of six attempts.
Pistons point guards Brandon Jennings and Will Bynum were really the only source of offense for most of the game. Jennings made 4-of-6 3-pointers and 10-of-15 shots overall on his way to 24 points. Bynum, meanwhile, rebounded after a tough outing against the Kings with 12 points and seven assists.
- The Pistons have lost 10 straight road games
- Greg Monroe had a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.
- Andre Drummond had 16 points and nine rebounds
- KCP was freed -- he played 20 minutes -- but didn't do much with it. He made one of four shots for three points.
- Rodney Stuckey, meanwhile, has been struggling quite a bit lately. He was held scoreless on 0-for-6 shooting.
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