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The Phoenix Suns are benching their best players in folks like Eric Bledsoe and Devin Booker in order to create more time for their young players and to push for a shot at the top overall pick in the NBA Draft. The Pistons are on the outside looking in for the playoff race after dropping three straight.
The baby Suns came out hot, jumping out to a 15-8 lead in the first four minutes. It stood to be a shootout. Except Phoenix went into a drought, going scoreless for 6 minutes by missing 11 straight shots. The Pistons took advantage to take the lead in the first.
But Phoenix established the name of the game - runs. Once they hit, they didn’t stop hitting with a 13 point run.
In the third quarter, the Suns threatened to run away with the game. But Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put the team on his back, as he has so many times this season. KCP scored 14 of his 23 points in the quarter to put Detroit in the lead heading into the fourth.
But even more fun than his scoring was his passing. He had eight assists, including these back to back alley oops to Andre Drummond.
Behind Caldwell-Pope’s efforts, the Pistons went on a 35-12 run of their own. His teammates picked up on the momentum and ran away in the fourth quarter. They went up by double digits early in the fourth and coasted to the finish line.
Andre Drummond got back to his pre-losing streak ways with a relatively efficient 18 points and 18 rebounds along with two blocks. His rim protection in the fourth quarter as the Pistons pulled away was particularly solid.
Marcus Morris also pulled out of a slump with 16 points on 6-9 shooting.
The Pistons head from here to a four game road trip against four not-great teams. Next up is a back to back against the Brooklyn Nets and Chicago Bulls, starting on Tuesday.
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