The Pistons bench is the worst bench in the league. However, they were not so on Tuesday night.
Down 40-22 early in the second quarter, the bench shot 6-for-9 from three in the quarter to help the Pistons come back and take a halftime lead. From there, the Pistons would finish the game out for a big win.
The Pistons started the game making a lot of ill-advised passes. In the first quarter alone, they had nine turnovers. The Pistons only had seven turnovers the entire game the last time they faced the Heat and only 11 in their four-overtime game against Chicago on Friday. It did not help that Miami hit 58-percent of their shots in the quarter.
Reggie Jackson continued his Player of the Week-type play, shooting 4-for-5 in the first quarter for nine points. Stanley Johnson would be 2-for-2 in the quarter, both triples. Andre Drummond struggled with no points and only one rebound, and he was not able to contain Hassan Whiteside on the other end. Whiteside had eight points in the first and six rebounds. The Pistons ended the first down 34-18.
However, the Pistons bench would bring them back in the second quarter, something that hasn't been said often this season. Steve Blake and Anthony Tolliver were 2-for-2 each from distance. Johnson would hit two more. By the end of the quarter, Johnson would have 14 points and the Pistons would be up two, thanks to a Reggie Jackson layup with 0.5 seconds left. It was the Pistons' first lead of the game up to that point.
The Pistons would go back and forth with the Miami Heat in the third quarter. Drummond would finally have a dominant moment against Whiteside.
Andre Drummond #NBAVote #PistonsAllStar https://t.co/q5xUrf3i2W— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) December 23, 2015
Unfortunately, the Pistons would relinquish the lead. Once again, turnovers were a problem. The Pistons turned it over five more times in the third quarter and finished the quarter down three, 75-72.
The Pistons were able to battle back in the fourth quarter to take the game. Committing zero turnovers in the final frame, the Pistons received large threes from Blake, Tolliver, Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope to help take the lead with two minutes left in the game. KCP's nice off-the-dribble jumper to give the Pistons the 93-92 lead with 50-some seconds left gave the Pistons the win.
Jackson finished the game with 18 points on 8-for-16 shooting (2-for-4 from three) and only three assists against three turnovers. Drummond had another double-double with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Johnson would out-do his counterpart Justise Winslow, with 14 first-half points, shooting 4-7 from three.
The Pistons have a quick flight to Atlanta to take on the Hawks on Wednesday night.