Contrary to some pre-game reports, LaMarcus Aldridge played for the Blazers with a bad back and all, and he did what he has done throughout his entire career against the Pistons -- put up big numbers, 32 points and 10 rebounds. But Aldridge may as well have sat out this one and rested up because, outside of him giving it his all despite an injury, the Blazers didn't put up much of a fight against the Pistons on Monday night.
Not-so-fresh off a 21-point loss to the Knicks in New York on Sunday afternoon, the Pistons responded in front of a sparse home crowd by playing their best game of the season. Seven players scored in double figures, led by Brandon Knight's 26 points, and eight players had at least two assists (26 in all). The Pistons outrebounded the Blazers (47-42), shot 60-percent from three, and took advantage of the NBA's worst below-the-basket defense by scoring 56 (!) points in the paint. The Pistons turned the ball over more (17-11), but still managed to finish with 19 fast break points to Portland's eight.
After a sluggish start saw both teams begin the game a combined 0-for-6 with two turnovers, Knight and Kyle Singler helped ignite the Pistons, who led 28-19 after the first quarter. The Pistons built off the strong first and continued to move the ball around the rest of the game against a defense worse than their own, helping 'em ultimately shoot 53-percent and put up a season-high 108 points.
Singler finished with a most-efficient 16 points on 6-for-7 shooting, 10 rebounds and a team-high five assists. Greg Monroe also had a double-double with 20 points and 10 rebounds. And Charlie Villanueva had his most productive game as a Piston since ... I don't remember ... with 10 points, three rebounds, two assists and two steals in 15-plus minutes -- I guess these kind of weird things happen when you play the NBA's 3rd worst defense in terms of points per game, who are playing the back end of a back-to-back on the road.
Rookie Andre Drummond had his second straight 1-for-6 game from the field, but he still had six rebounds and two blocks in just over 14 minutes.
The now 4-11 Pistons who have won four of their last seven games get to stay home to rematch the Suns on Wednesday night.
Check out Blazers Edge's take on the "lethargic" Blazers' loss to the "awful" Pistons here.
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