Well it's about time.
After 13 straight agonizing losses, against esteemed teams such as Philadelphia, the Lakers and Boston, the Pistons finally managed to eek out a victory against one of the "on the bubble" Western Conference teams in the Phoenix Suns. The Suns, now at 12-12, run a fast-paced game geared around using their lightning quick guard trio of Goran Dragic, Eric Bledsoe and Isaiah Thomas to pressure the ball and get out in transition. However, the Pistons, despite allowing 29 fast break points, never got away from their strengths and scored 60 in the paint to come away with a magical and rare victory.
Player of the Game
Once upon a time there was a penguin. He was an average penguin, he liked video games and selfies, fast cars and girls. But, this penguin also happened to be 6-11 and 280 pounds, and be kind of good at a human sport called basketball. So, disguised as a headband-adorned center called Andre Drummond, this talented penguin-beast hybrid burned all inferior beings before him to the tune of 23 points (10-14 FG, 3-4 FT) and 14 rebounds (7 offensive). All this despite only playing a tick over 30 minutes.
However, his friend the Moose didn't fare so well, despite being of almost equal stature, at 6-11 and 250 pounds. This gentle moose had 12 points and 8 rebounds, but most of his points were from the line (6-7) rather than the field (3-9).
Jodie Meeks has brought light to the darkness of Motown. While Meeks was only playing his first official game for Detroit, he looked marvelous given the circumstances, finishing with 12 points (4-10 FG, 4-4 FT), including two clutch free throws at the end to stretch the lead to three. His paid skill, three-point shooting, was non-existent tonight, however, as he only attempted two-pointers, but his return opens up more options for a sometimes-stagnant offense.
-- The Pistons started slow, allowing the Suns to race to a 16-9 advantage, but a late rally including a Josh Smith steal and three pointer tied the game after one. Drummond had 12 and 8 in the first alone.
-- The second quarter was all about D.J. Augustin and Jodie Meeks, with Augustin proving very aggressive, scoring nine to go along with three assists, while Meeks got his first four Pistons points, with the Pistons taking a three-point lead into the half.
-- The typical 3rd quarter collapse was muted this game, with the Suns only taking a one-point lead into the last quarter. Markieff Morris scored 11 for the Suns, as the Pistons were held to 20 in the quarter.
-- The last quarter was all about big plays for the Pistons, as well as a consistent offense. KCP hit a big three in front of the Suns bench with 1:13 left, followed by a Augustin layup, despite some aggressive Phoenix defense. Josh then missed two clutch free throws, before Dragic cut the lead to one. Meeks and P.J. Tucker then exchanged free throws before Drummond hit 1 of 2 at the end to seal the two-point victory
-- Dre dominated early, and his defense without fouling allowed him to be a consistent presence in the game.
-- Meeks looked like he'd never been away, fitting well in the offense and working well with Augustin as the reserve backcourt, perhaps a sign of a decent scoring punch off the bench.
-- Jennings continues to struggle with his shot, scoring eight points on 4-13 shooting, despite opening the game 4-7 on several layups and basket attacks. He also only had four assists compared to three turnovers
-- The Suns are renowned for bench offense, but their reserves were held to 8-30 combined, with Gerald Green (1-7) and Isaiah Thomas (3-11) well contained.
Tomorrow night vs Sacramento. Can we go streaking?
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