The Detroit Pistons ended a seven-game losing streak with a 113-111 win over the Phoenix Suns. The Pistons were led by stellar guard play in the final quarter from Derrick Rose and Brandon Knight.
It was the team’s first victory since a Feb. 5 win against these very same Suns.
Rose and Knight combined for 24 points in the fourth quarter, including two great Rose drives on the final two Pistons possessions. Rose tied a season high with 31 points and four assists.
Knight scored 19 points and had five threes. Christian Wood also had 19 points and a team-high nine rebounds.
The Pistons were able to break the long losing streak by having a rare hot shooting night from beyond the arc, connecting on 41% of their shots from the perimeter.
Head coach Dwane Casey, smelling a possible victory and the end to the team’s longest losing skid of the season relied heavily on his veterans late with Rose, Knight, Tony Snell, Langston Galloway and John Henson all playing at least 19 minutes.
Wood, as is his habit, led the team with 35 minutes of action. Casey found time for a lot of his young players, at least in small spurts, with Sekou Doumbouya scoring six points in 19 minutes, Donta Hall getting second half time as the backup center (13 minutes), Derrick Walton Jr got seven minutes in two point-guard lineups and Khyri Thomas getting a precious two minutes of playing time (and hitting a three).
Svi Mykhailiuk played 30 minutes and was hot early en route to 13 minutes.
The Suns were led by Devin Booker with 26 points and Ricky Rubio with 16 points and 13 assists.
Deandre Ayton was dominant down low, especially early. He was 7-of-7 from the field in the first half but was not the focal point of the offense in the second half. He finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds.