The Detroit Pistons overpowered the shorthanded Philadelphia 76ers 136-106 thanks to, essentially, everyone in a Pistons’ uniform.
To the tape!
Stan Van Gundy seemed open to the idea of starting Ish Smith in place of Reggie Jackson but it wasn’t to be - at least not in Philadelphia. To their credit, both point guards played well and played to their strengths.
11 points, 13 assists, zero turnovers and got everyone involved:
Which the bench seemed to enjoy.
The High / Low staple Smith block:
And, like all good shot blockers, he keeps in it play.
Despite the miss, Smith creates a fantastic look for Stanley Johnson at the end of the first quarter:
Not the best idea to press Ish.
Pull-up three in semi-transition is a great shot (assuming it goes in):
Marcus Morris swallows T.J McConnell on the screen:
New Sixer Justin Anderson would definitely be on the Low list for his “help.”
Successful defense always requires multiple efforts on every possession. Below, Jackson denies penetration and then slides over to collect the block (verticality!).
Andre Drummond’s complete stat line included 14 points, 14 rebounds, four steals and three blocks.
It’s great to see defense lead to easy offense:
Drummond also collected three goaltending calls, which, I’m perfectly fine with. Sometimes, all you gotta do is show the holster.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored a team high 26 points on 9-11 shooting.
Below, KCP wisely curls off the Jon Leuer-Andre Drummond double screen:
You know it’s your night when:
Below, Leuer’s man chips Jackson as Leuer goes to double team:
A poor Jackson entry pass led to to a Philly fastbreak while Drummond trails the play:
Jackson calls for a switch, not sure if KCP heard him:
The Pistons continue to be horrible defending the baseline out-of-bounds:
136 points? Wow.