The Pistons finished their home stand this afternoon against the Miami Heat. The Heat came into this game at 6-6 and are led by Hassan Whiteside and Goran Dragic.
This game was defined by runs. Every time the Heat went on a run, the Pistons answered with a larger one. In the 1st quarter a 7-0 Miami run was answered by a 15-2 Pistons run. In the 2nd quarter, a 12-3 Heat run was answered by 10 straight by Detroit. Neither team led by more than 7 and the Heat had a 3 point lead at the half.
The game was tied at 65 when Miami went on a 13-2 run. The 11 point lead was their largest of the evening. Not to be outdone, the Pistons stormed back behind consecutive Avery Bradley 3 pointers. That led to a 21-8 Pistons run to end the 3rd and took a 2 point lead into the 4th. Tobias Harris scored 10 of his 25 points in the 3rd quarter.
Anthony Tolliver hit a 3 with 11 minutes left in the 4th to give the Pistons a lead they would not relinquish. The lead swelled to as many as 11, and Detroit held on to win 112-103.
The battle of the big men was won by Andre Drummond and the Pistons. Hassan Whiteside woke up in the 3rd quarter and scored 11 of his 20 points on the game. However, the Pistons won the battle of the boards 54-39. The Pistons also were more accurate from the 3 point line, shooting 14-28 on the night.
Tobias Harris led the Pistons with 25 points (5-8 from beyond the arc) and 7 rebounds. Andre Drummond had 8 points, 17 rebounds (6 offensive), and 4 assists. Avery Bradley had 24 points, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Luke Kennard had the best game so far of his rookie season with 14 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists in 28 minutes. The Heat were led by Hassan Whiteside’s 20 points, 12 rebounds, and 2 blocks. Goran Dragic had 18 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds.
Notes: The Pistons improved to 10-3 on the season and 7-1 at home. They finished this homestand 5-0 and go on the road for a 3 game Midwest road trip. The next game is Wednesday night in Milwaukee. Stanley Johnson and Jon Leuer were out with injuries.