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Summer League Game 1: Pistons 76, Nets 67

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Pistons won their first 2013 summer league game on Sunday, 76-67.

Peyton Siva
Peyton Siva
© 2013 Mike Payne

What happened

In a surprisingly compelling game that saw Korey Lucious winning the third quarter with a late three point shot, Jason Kidd's first technical foul as coach, and the Nets employing Hack-a-Drummond, the Pistons pulled away late to score 6 of the possible 7 points available.

MVP

Andre Drummond - The best player on the court by a country mile, Drummond effortlessly tied the Orlando Summer League record for blocks (6) and added 12 points, 16 rebounds and 5 steals.

The Taco Bell Unsung Hero

Peyton Siva - He didn't make a field goal, and his dribble drives ended with him on the floor (welcome to the NBA, dude) but Siva racked up 6 assists to only one turnover, added 4 steals and did score six points on only two shots.

Ouch

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope - Had some nice looks on defense, where his raw athleticism helped disrupt the Nets' offensive flow. But he missed each of the 8 three point shots he took en route to a 1-10 shooting performance.

Other noteworthy performances.

Tony Mitchell - Concerns about his lack of motor seem unfounded thus far. Mitchell was up for every rebound and contesting every shot. His stats weren't terribly glamorous, but he still grabbed 6 boards to go with 7 points, all without missing a shot. He was playing alongside Drummond for much of the game, and the Nets were absolutely stifled during that time. An auspicious debut.

Khris Middleton - He started off hot, showing some of the polish you would expect from a second year player. However, he slowed down after the first few minutes, and tried to do to much putting the ball on the floor. You like the confidence, but his efficiency could be a concern.


Ktrl-V - Looked very comfortable on the floor, and was very smooth on offense, nabbing 11 points on only 5 shots, and hitting 5-6 free throws.