The Pistons managed to hold off the fiesty Timberwolves, 116-108. Marcus Morris stepped up big-time for Detroit, scoring a career-high 36 points on only 19 shots. Marcus was locked in in the second half, making three threes in the third quarter to help the Pistons keep their distance from the Wolves.
Both teams found themselves down huge offensive pieces in the second half: Zach LaVine and Reggie Jackson landed awkwardly after layups. LaVine tried to give his a go, but it appeared that the fourth quarter break stiffened his knee up, and he didn’t finish the game. As for Reggie...
Detroit began the game looking to get Jon Leuer involved; he had five early shots and seven early points for Detroit. Jon maintained his offensive production and finished with a career-high 24 points, but his involvement came at a cost: Andre Drummond (12 points, 14 shots) and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope never really found a rhythm offensively. KCP only made one shot the entire game, and Andre forced too many hooks trying to take advantage of his matchup against Gorgui Dieng.
The second half belonged to Marcus Morris, though. Marcus scored 13 in the third quarter and hit the biggest shot of the fourth quarter - a beautiful fallaway from the baseline over Dieng and Wiggins to put the Pistons up seven with 1:12 left, putting the game out of reach.
The Pistons are now, somehow, tied with Charlotte (who didn’t play tonight) for the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference. Winning two home games in a row against teams that they were expected to be better than at the beginning of the year to enter the playoff race is a solid start to February.
The Pistons play the second game of this back-to-back Saturday against the Indiana Pacers at Banker’s Life Fieldhouse.