Really, this was the best game the Pistons have played all season. Forcing the 26-4 team to give it all they have to pull out the win, that’s something.
The Pistons were in position to win it down the stretch. Absolutely remarkably, when taking into account the spot the Pistons were in heading into tonight’s game.
Detroit played even the league’s favorite for winning the NBA Championship this season all the way until the end. Neither team really took over one way or the other.
It looked like the Pistons might break their four game losing streak against the vaunted Warriors late in the fourth.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope pushed the team into the lead late in the fourth with a pair of buckets. In the final two minutes, it was Reggie Jackson free throws that held the lead for the Pistons.
But holding on to a one point lead with two minutes remaining, Draymond Green missed a three point attempt - but Andre Iguodala got away with a terrible push-off on Stanley Johnson to secure the offensive rebound, tossed it back out to Kevin Durant for the dagger.
The Pistons offense couldn’t respond and Golden State sealed their 27th win of the season. Both teams played hard.
It hurts to lose, but this is the type of Pistons ball we can be proud of. The team never stopped fighting or playing with energy. Tobias Harris played 32 minutes off the bench to provide 26 points off just 14 shots and 7 rebounds.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope didn’t let up for a moment of his 40 minutes on the court. Stephen Curry got his, but so did KCP, scoring 25 points.
Andre Drummond also made 6-7 shots to finish with 15 points and 9 rebounds.
The bad news is that the Pistons lost. The good news is that they look more like the Pistons team we expected.
They’ll play the Cavs on Monday, the day after Christmas. Until then, happy holidays friends.
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