After the rough start from the bench last season, it’s a little odd to think of the bench being the spark to lead a 108-82 blowout win. But the second unit offered that tonight with the Pistons home opener.
It was a tight game until midway through the second quarter. Then the bench took over. And “took over” is putting it mildly.
Beno Udrih orchestrated a spark that ended up with a 16-0 run before handing the game back to the starters. They kept it going, beating the Magic into submission. Orlando was listless for the rest of the game, never even putting up the hint of a run.
The Pistons’ defense was dominant, holding Orlando to just 82 points, which would serve as the second lowest point total allowed for all of 2015-16.
Tobias Harris and Marcus Morris led the way offensively for Detroit. Each shot 50 percent from the field, Harris scoring 18 and Morris putting up 17.
But the point guards were the catalysts for the Pistons. Ish Smith put up 16 points, consistently pushing the pace and dishing 8 assists. Udrih finished with 13 points and 4 assists, just a week after joining the Pistons.
Andre Drummond put up another big but inefficient 12 points, 20 rebounds, along with a pair of steals. But he shot just 5-14 —- though he hit both of his free throws.
After a disappointing game one, it was nice to see Detroit lay down a bonafide ass whooping. Pistons get Saturday off before getting back to work Sunday against the Milwaukee Bucks.