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Pistons vs. Suns final score: Detroit flies close again, gets burned late again

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The Pistons didn't break 80 points until the final two minutes of the game and failed to execute their last play with a chance to win it.

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The Detroit Pistons played one of the fastest-paced offenses in the NBA tough, holding the Phoenix Suns to only 88 points when they entered the game averaging 105. Unfortunately, the Pistons came up just short late in another gut-wrenching loss, 88-86, and fell to 3-9 on the season.

The Pistons dropped behind by eight, 83-75, with 3:13 remaining in the game on a Markieff Morris jump shot. At that point it felt all but over -- the Pistons were shooting poorly, from three particularly, and couldn't seem to string any kind of run together.

But then out of nowhere they did.

A minute after falling behind by eight, the Pistons scored nine straight points on three consecutive three-pointers -- two from Kentavious Caldwell-Pope -- to go up one, 86-85, with 34 seconds to play. 3-5 on threes in a couple minutes' time after going 3-15 in the first three quarters.

The Pistons couldn't get a stop when they needed one most, though, as the Suns quickly answered six seconds later on a Eric Bledsoe drive that was far too easy. Greg Monroe got stuck on Bledsoe after a pick and Bledsoe burned him with no help in sight.

After a failed attempt of ... something (Jonas Jerebko driving and trying to wrap a pass around two big men like a point guard), the Pistons luckily still had the ball and a chance to draw up a play to win the game with 11.8 seconds remaining. However, the inbounds play was as slow and inefficient as Brandon Jennings' blocked attempt to score the winning basket. The loose ball somehow got tipped out to Caldwell-Pope by Jerebko, allowing KCP with a wide-open look for another game-winning attempt, but his three-point try was short.

And so went the Pistons. Short. Again.

This just about sums up the game:

Box Score

GameThread Roll Call

# Commenter # Comments
1 heWizard 61
2 stevenyc 55
3 IamPAP 35
4 sabetodo 29
5 Kriz 28
6 Jason Brunskowski 27
7 rojo578 26
8 JWurm 25
9 garrettelliott 24
10 Goose15 24
11 RoverTO 19
12 Rusty_Shackleford 18
13 smackdab 16
14 jayod 12
15 Packey 10
16 VinceD 10
17 Crosseyed 9
18 J Dre 9
19 Pistonlove 7
20 awesome.hog 7
21 shags 7
22 lilbabyj32 6
23 rames 6
24 zeke.khaseli.7 6
25 Kevin Sawyer 6
26 Iron Sheik 5
27 dh123030 5
28 bcrew13 5
29 21GB 4
30 Johnny Quid 4
31 Rban 4
32 Hi I'm Rob 4
33 Anthos17 3
34 Joe Cool99 3
35 TDP 3
36 Ben Quagliata 3
37 Frankdog 3
38 SRK756100 3
39 jomanj 2
40 TheGille 2
41 subic sailor 2
42 FlyMonk321 2
43 ghost of Dumars 2
44 heartshapedhoops 1
45 BlackStockguy 1
46 Fadel 1
47 -PS- 1
48 The GIF Oracle 1
49 Sean W 1
50 thebeastman17 1

Atlanta on Friday.

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