Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs are afire and remained so on Tuesday night at The Palace, beating the Detroit Pistons 109-99. The Spurs are historically good, improving to 34-6 and 7-0 this season on the back-end of back-to-backs.
Parker was a perfect 7-for-7 shooting in a third quarter that saw the Pistons' nine-point halftime deficit grow as large as 19. He finished with 31 points while shooting 13-19.
Brandon Jennings led a 11-4 spurt to start the fourth quarter to pull the Pistons within eight but the wilier Spurs could not be stopped. The Pistons got as close as six with 4:42 left in the game, but again, the Spurs answered.
There's a lot to dissect from this game, but I'll focus broadly on the Pistons' two potential All-Stars. Reggie Jackson looked slow and hobbled by something, but played enough to get burned by the old-yet-somehow-still-so-quick Parker, miss 10 of 13 shots, and turn it over five times. But hey, he finished with a double-double!
Andre Drummond was limited due to foul trouble and the threat of hack-a-Dre late. He had 17 and 10 in 28 minutes.
Considering those two didn't have their best showings, it's a silver lining, I guess, that the Pistons only lost by 10 to the Spurs.
The Pistons are back at it on Thursday in Memphis.
More in a minute, maybe.