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Pistons vs. Spurs final score: Pistons forget to compete on defense, lose 136-109

Detroit is a really bad basketball team, but you already knew that.

NBA: Detroit Pistons at San Antonio Spurs Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

The Detroit Pistons started their six-game road trip with a whimper against the San Antonio Spurs Saturday night, losing 136-109. The Pistons fall to 12-21 and the Spurs improve to 13-18.

Derrick Rose and Andre Drummond paced Detroit in a competitive first half. Rose got any shot he wanted en route to a 7-of-10 performance, good for 15 points. The Spurs continually played Rose one-on-one and it didn’t work. Drummond scored 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds, much of it coming in the first quarter. Blake Griffin saw a couple of 3-pointers fall through the net, but that was it as he was just 2-of-10 from the field.

The rest of the Pistons starters — Svi Mykhailiuk, Tim Frazier, and Tony Snell — combined for two buckets in half number one.

DeMar DeRozan and LaMarcus Aldridge paced the Spurs with efficient shooting on mostly high percentage shots.

Detroit trailed 59-55 at the half.

Then the third quarter happened. And team tank (#teamtank) couldn’t be happier how it turned out. Detroit made San Antonio look nothing like a 12-18 team: former Michigan State Spartan sharp shooter Bryn Forbes heated up, and DeRozan and Aldridge continued their heady play as the Spurs exploded for 42.


The Spurs shot 18-of-35 from downtown. For you math hotshots out there, yes, that’s over 50-percent.

DeRozan missed just three shots from the field, scoring 29 points in 32 minutes.

Two-way contract small forward Louis King drilled his first 3-pointer (second career bucket) of his NBA career fresh off the bench late in the fourth. He also made a couple of aggressive drives and looked good doing so.


Detroit travels to Salt Lake City to face the Jazz on Monday. Only 49 more Pistons games to go.