My Detroit Sports: #MyPistons Weekly #3

The Pistons brought holiday cheer to the last #MyPistons Weekly of 2017 with 2 big home wins. After a disappointing road loss in Dallas, the Pistons came home and took care of business against two critical Eastern Conference opponents. After losing 7 in a row, the Pistons have now won 5 of their last 6 games. The Pistons keep winning, and starting guards keep getting hurt.

The 3 game winning streak was snapped in Dallas last Wednesday. The Mavericks are undergoing a rebuilding season and find themselves at the bottom of the Western Conference standings. However, Dallas does play better at home. The Pistons were unable to take advantage due to a 43 point defensive showing in the second quarter and a 13 point offensive output in the third quarter. Andre Drummond had a double double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, but was limited to only 22 minutes of action due to foul trouble. Anthony Tolliver’s season high 18 points and solid bench contributions from Stanley Johnson and Ish Smith, 16 and 15 points respectively, kept the final score from being worse than the 110-93 that the scoreboard showed. The Pistons fell to under .500 on the road at 8-9 away from Little Caesars Arena this season.

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The Pistons came home on Friday to face the New York Knicks. After trading Carmelo Anthony in the offseason, the Knicks have remained in the playoff picture behind strong performances from Kristaps Porzingis and former Wolverine Tim Hardaway Jr., the son of Pistons assistant coach Tim Hardaway Sr. The Pistons got off to a strong start, and were up by as many as 12 in the first half. Their 8 point halftime lead dissipated in the 3rd quarter and the Knicks entered the 4th with a 1 point lead. The Pistons led by as many as 7 in the 4th quarter, but Kristaps Porzingis scored 10 points down the stretch as the Knicks went ahead 99-95 with 1:48 to play. The Pistons responded with a 9-2 run to finish the game. Reggie Jackson led the way with 5 points down the stretch, and Stanley Johnson hit two critical free throws with 14 seconds left. Kristaps Porzingis’ wild three at the buzzer missed and the Pistons held on to a 104-101 victory. Detroit had a balanced scoring attack, with 7 Pistons scoring in double figures, led by Tobias Harris’ 24 points. Andre Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds, 7 offensive. The Knicks were led by Kristaps Porzingis 29 point rebound effort.

The Pistons stayed at home for the holidays and played the Pacers the day after Christmas. This was the fourth and final matchup between these two teams. These are the sorts of games that teams that want to make the playoffs must win. The Pistons came out determined and put the game away in the first quarter. Tobias Harris scored 21 of the Pistons 40 first quarter points. The Pacers went on a 13-3 run and pulled within 10 points in the 2nd quarter, but were unable to reduce the lead to single digits. Harris scored 30 points on 10-11 shooting, 7-8 from beyond the arc, but only scored 4 points in the second half as the Pistons sat their starters. Reggie Jackson had 13 assists but left the game with an ankle sprain in the 3rd quarter. Ish Smith took over and the Pistons bench kept up the assault as Detroit extended the lead to as many as 27 before winning by a final score of 107-83. Andre Drummond finished with 21 points and 18 rebounds. Dwight Buycks made his first appearance for the Pistons.

The Pistons depth will be tested as they finish out the year Thursday in Orlando and Saturday night at home against the San Antonio Spurs. Avery Bradley remains unavailable and the extent of Reggie Jackson’s injury is unknown. In the meantime, the Pistons are in the middle of the Eastern Conference playoff picture at 19-15.

Be sure to take a look at this week’s #MyPistons Fans of the Week! These fans showed what it means to represent #DetroitBasketball in the Pistons home wins over the holidays!

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