Jeez-o-whiz Rodney Hood.
The Pistons controlled the game from early, and this would easily have been a double digit win if not for one Rodney Hood. Hood scored 14 second half points, including a three point shot with 6 seconds remaining to pull the game within one point.
Reggie Jackson was able to hit a pair of free throws and the Pistons defense managed to avoid fluke shots that have been a plague so far this season. And the pulled off the win.
The Pistons controlled the game from early, but the Jazz are too talented to be walked over. Gordon Hayward bounced back from a rough start to help keep his team in it, finishing with 22 points.
Reggie Jackson was brilliant early, finishing with one of his most efficient games of the season. He scored 29 points on 12/18 shooting including 3-4 from three point range. As usual, he put his team on his back down the stretch offensively to help hold off the Utah rally, including a huge three point shot to push the lead to six with a minute remaining.
But it was one of Andre Drummond's worst games of the year. He was 3-9 from the field, 1-10 from the free throw stripe. That's a nifty 26 true shooting percentage. I'm not sure I've seen a game with that bad of a TS. To make things worse, he didn't rebound or play defense either. In short, he was the worst player on the court.
It was the supporting cast that came to the rescue. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Ersan Ilyasova, Stanley Johnson, Aron Banyes, and Anthony Tolliver all turned in solid performances to make up for their "superstar"'s absence.
The team defense also deserves a tip of the hat. After struggling defensively through a rough stretch of the season, Detroit held Utah to just 40 percent shooting and 31 percent from three. Were it not for Hood catching fire offensively, their defense probably would have coasted the team to the win.
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