The Detroit Pistons lost at San Antonio 96-93. Detroit moves to 14-9 and San Antonio will move to 16-8.
The Pistons were led by Reggie Jackson, who scored 27 points on 12-17 shooting. Stanley Johnson, who came off the bench this game probably for matchup reasons, had his first double-double of the season with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Avery Bradley continued his struggles, shooting a hideous 1-9 with 3 points and 2 turnovers. The Pistons forced what seemed to be a shot clock violation with five seconds left in the game, but the refs called a loose ball foul on Tobias Harris. The play was reviewed and it stayed as a loose ball foul, changing what would’ve been Pistons ball down 1, to Pistons ball down 3.
San Antonio had a variety of players chip in for this win. LaMarcus Aldridge struggled shooting the ball, (5-17) but still scored 17 points while Rudy Gay scored 12 points (5-12), and Pau Gasol had 15 points (6-13). They received good production off the bench from Manu Ginobli, Patty Mills, and Davis Bertans. Ginobli chipped in 12 points, while Mills and Bertans scored 11 a piece. The Spurs outscored the Pistons in the fourth quarter 27-20.
With all the injuries happening tonight in the sports world, this game was sparred of any injuries (prayers to Ryan Shazier).
This has to really hurt if you’re the Pistons. They had the lead late in the fourth, and coughed it up. The Pistons offense was moving the ball and finding open shots, but couldn’t capitalize on these open shots as they shot 8/27 (29 percent) from deep. The Pistons have a tough couple of games coming up, and this loss was their third straight. They’ll have to forget this and keep it trucking if they want to avoid a major losing streak.
The Pistons will go on the road to take on the Milwaukee Bucks at 8:00 pm on Wednesday. The Spurs will stay home to play the Miami Heat at 8:30 pm on Wednesday.
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