Pistons vs. Cavaliers final score: Dion Waiters' buzzer beater tanks down Detroit

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

Up 16 going into the fourth quarter, the Pistons nearly blew this one.

What happened:

In an important game in the tank standings for the Pistons, you could kind of sense they wanted to win this game -- until the fourth quarter happened. Up 16 going into the final 12 minutes, the NBA's worst fourth quarter team put on a tank display above all tank displays. Really, it was not much different than other fourth quarters we've seen this season.

In the fourth, the Pistons shot 32 percent while allowing the Cavaliers to continue their hot shooting at a 60 percent clip. Detroit didn't turn the basketball over a ton -- just twice in the fourth -- and rebounded fine, but they made six total shots and their two best players only attempted AH shot.

The game featured an exciting finish, as exciting as a game like this can be anyway. Up six with a minute and a half to go, Jarrett Jack hit a jump shot and an and-one 35 seconds later to cut the Pistons' lead to one. You wouldn't believe that Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings missed shots leading up to Dion Waiters' buzzer beater, so I'll just leave you to imagine how the Pistons' final possessions went.

Who stood out:

Brandon Jennings finished with 17 points on 6 for 14 shooting (5 for 9 from three) and 13 assists, some of the assists really flashy. He was 0 for 4 in the final quarter, though.


-- Box score

-- Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond combined to shoot 9 for 15 with 20 points and 19 rebounds in 54 combined minutes.

-- Dion Waiters was 7 for 19 shooting and 0 for 6 from three before his buzzer beater.

-- Anderson Varejao used the power of his mustache to pull down 16 rebounds off the bench (in 31 minutes)

-- The Pistons play next on Friday against the Miami Heat, when the Bad Boys will steal the show.

-- Roll Call

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