There was much ado about the Pistons' slow starts after Wednesday's loss. It bothered Stan Van Gundy enough that he hinted about lineup changes. Well, the Pistons had no problem jumping out to a quick start against the lowly Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night. The Pistons scored 26 points in the first eight minutes of the game, hitting 7-of-12 threes en route to a 10-point, 31-21, lead heading into the second quarter.
Put it into coast mode and a few blinks later the Pistons were 107-89 winners.
As Ben Q. mentioned in the preview, this isn't your Josh Smith Pistons anymore, the Pistons who lost to the 76ers last month and dropped to 3-17. No, this is a team that has now won 11 of their last 13 games and are just AH game out of the playoff picture. They are legit.
Six Pistons scored in double figures led by Kyle Singler's 20 on 7-of-12 shooting (6-8 from three). Greg Monroe had a double-double with 12 points and 13 rebounds. Anthony Tolliver had 16 off the bench!
After hitting 58 percent on threes in the first quarter (50 percent overall), the Pistons actually didn't shoot all that particularly well the rest of the game. 41 percent in fact, and they made the same number of shots as the 76ers overall. But the Pistons made up for some poor shooting by knocking down eight more triples and 10 extra freebies at the line on 12 more attempts.
From here, the Pistons venture into Atlanta to take on the still-red-hot Atlanta Hawks in a MLK matinee on national television (and another potential first round preview). The Pistons will be riding a franchise record seven straight road wins. The Hawks will have won 12 straight. It should be fun, and DBB will be well represented at that game.
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