Tonight, the Detroit Pistons (29-31) outlasted and outgunned the Portland Trail Blazers (24-35) 120-113 in an overtime victory.
Marcus Morris had a career-high 37 points while taking over the scoring load in the 4th quarter and in overtime. Morris also collected 8 rebounds while dishing 8 assists.
Once again, Stan Van Gundy elected to go with Ish Smith over Reggie Jackson to close the game and Ish did not disappoint. Smith hit several mid-range jumpers on his way to 12 points along with 7 assists.
Most importantly, Ish was a ball-hawk swarming the Blazers guards, collecting 7 steals.
Pistons big-man, Andre Drummond, was very active on the glass, swiping 15 rebounds while scoring 19 points. Kentavios Caldwell-Pope had another solid game scoring 16 points with 3 steals.
From a coaching standpoint, SVG played Stanley Johnson over Tobias Harris to close the fourth and overtime. Reasoning being, Stanley’s defensive grit was necessary because of the Blazers outstanding backcourt. Stanley hustled his way to 6 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals. Although the Pistons won, they could not stop the Blazers backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum.
Damian Lillard posted a near triple-double with 34 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists. C.J. McCollum scored 25 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists. Simply put, no combination of KCP-Johnson-Smith-Jackson could contain them. Jusuf Nurkic, newly acquired from the Denver Nuggets, also pitched-in with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists.
Overall, the Detroit Pistons’ ability to cause turnovers (27) and hit timely shots allowed them to escape with this victory. The Pistons will now fly overnight to New Orleans to face the Pelicans (23-37) at the Smoothie King Center.
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