The Detroit Pistons put on a shooting, passing and dunking clinic in a 128-103 beat down of the also struggling Atlanta Hawks Friday night. The Pistons are now 5-10 and that five-game losing streak can get lost.
Detroit scored 76 points in the first half (sparked by 12-of-20 shooting from deep) and didn’t slow down a whole lot in half number two. Detroit shot just a hair under 60% for the game.
Blake Griffin looked more fluid and nimble than he did Wednesday against Chicago through most of his 33 minutes. I wouldn’t say he’s 100% quite yet, but he looked a million times better than last game. Blake went to work on rookie DeAndre Hunter several times in the post, and I think Blake is getting his confidence back slowly but surely:
It must feel nice to beast on a rook.
Game ball goes to Bruce Brown Jr., as he atoned for his poor defensive game against Trae Young in the first Pistons-Hawks game very early in the season, when Young scored 38. Tonight, Bruce filled up the stat sheet and helped make Young’s evening miserable. Trae shot 3-of-12 and was outscored by Bruce 14-9.
Christian Wood saw his first action at the beginning of the fourth quarter and played the rest of the way, blocking four shots and grabbing six rebounds to go along with a casual 11 points.
The Pistons are on the road against the 12-3 Milwaukee Bucks tomorrow night for a 8:30 p.m. EST tip.