The Pistons faced a young Phoenix Suns team tonight at Little Caesars Arena. The Suns were on the second night of a back to back and the third game in 4 nights. Phoenix is led by Devin Booker and former Piston Greg Monroe.
The Pistons started off hot and did not cool down. A 20-6 run turned a 15-13 lead into a 36-22 game. The 36 points in the first quarter was a season high. The lead got up over 30 points in the 2nd quarter and the Pistons maintained the lead from there. Detroit shot over 60% from the field (29-46) and 8-14 from behind the three point line in the first half. Poor shooting by the Suns combined with an active Pistons defense led to 7 steals and 14 Phoenix turnovers in the half.
The lead swelled to as many as 36 points in the second half. It was only in the 4th that the Suns were able to pull within 25. In the 4th quarter the fans started chanting for Boban Marjanovic. With 5:23 remaining, Stan Van Gundy called a time out and put in Marjanovic, Bullock, and Ellenson to finish off the game. The Pistons won with a final score of 131-107.
Reggie Jackson led all scorers with 23 points. He added 5 assists, and 2 steals. Tobias Harris had 20 points and 7 rebounds. Avery Bradley added 20 points and 2 steals. Ish Smith chipped in 14 points, 6 assists, and 2 steals off the bench. Phoenix was led by Devin Booker’s 22 points and 4 rebounds. Booker shot well from the field, but was hounded into 7 turnovers by the Pistons defense. Rookie Josh Jackson had 20 points, 7 rebounds, and 3 steals.
Notes: The Pistons improved to 14-6 on the season, and 7-2 at home. Detroit goes back on the road and will face the Washington Wizards on Friday. It was only the second game this season where Andre Drummond was held to a single digit rebound total. He had 7 rebounds, but added 7 assists and spent much of the second half cheering on his teammates from the bench. Luke Kennard had a career high of 6 assists.