The Detroit Pistons entered Wednesday night’s contest against the Memphis Grizzlies, having been blown-out in their last three games. And while the Grizz managed to win by double-digits, this mildly contested game did not resemble Detroit’s three previous losses.
Detroit traded buckets early with Memphis until the Grizz went on a 13-0 run, taking a 10 point lead into the second quarter. Reggie Jackson came up hobbled on an awkward rebound attempt early in the first quarter, then headed to the locker room to tend to a sore left knee. Luckily for Detroit, Jackson returned to start the second quarter and put together a productive offensive performance, finishing with 18 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. He also chipped in 7 assists.
Marc Gasol and the Grizzlies began to pull away from Detroit towards the end of the third quarter. Gasol was an impossible cover, as Drummond, Baynes and Leuer all took their shot at the All Star, with each meeting a similar fate. Gasol would finish the game tying a career high 38 points on 14/17 shooting, good for an outrageous 82.4 percent from the field.
The Grizzlies’ lead would eventually balloon to 18 points towards the end of the third quarter, and it appeared that the Pistons would once again go down without much of a fight. Detroit managed to cut the lead to seven points midway through the fourth. Unfortunately for Detroit, that’s as close as the game would get. Even though this game came in a loss, it was a competitive performance that will hopefully serve the team well as the season continues.
Detroit will welcome the league leading 25-4 Golden State Warriors to the Palace of Auburn Hills on Friday.