The Pistons looked bound and determined to drop their sixth straight game and to 0-3 against the woeful Nets. Most of them except Ish Smith, at least.
In a game where offense was a scarcity, it was one of the Pistons’ most woeful scorers who was actually able to put the ball through the hoop down the stretch.
Brooklyn looked poised to blow the game open in the final minutes after Brook Lopez hit threes on consecutive possessions to get the Nets a four point lead with a minute and a half to go. Ish responded with a nice jumper off the screen to pull it back to within two.
The Pistons defense held and on the next possession solid ball rotation put the ball in the hands of a wide open Ish in the corner. He knocked it down to put the Pistons up one with 28 seconds left.
The Nets couldn’t make anything happen from there. It was free throws from the Pistons from there out, of which they hit three of four. The one point edge in the final score was the result of a Justin Hamilton three pointer as time essentially expired.
For much of the game, the Pistons offense was pretty gross. It took nearly midway until the first quarter for them to get past two points. The Nets used the Pistons inability to score to jump out to a quick eight point lead, but the bench was able to close the gap.
Neither team was able to generate much of a lead from there thanks to some low scoring. It was less of a matter of good defense by either, more due to poor offense by both.
Marcus Morris carried much of the Pistons offensive load with his barrage in the midrange. He finished with 28 points and was also a force on the boards with 13 rebounds.
Ish Smith was the co-star with his flurry down the stretch, but finished with 21 points, five assists, and six rebounds.
After dominating the Pistons in the first two matchups averaging 31.5 points and 9 rebounds, Brook Lopez was a disaster tonight. He scored 11 on just 4-17 shooting.
The Pistons are in Milwaukee tomorrow night, trying to keep their playoff hopes alive. We’ll see.
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