Tonight the Detroit Pistons (17-14) were ice cold from the field and were blown out by the Dallas Mavericks (9-23) 110-93. The Pistons were also unable to defend the three-point line as the Mavericks connected on 14 of 30 (46.7%) three-pointers. Overall, the Mavs shot 53.3% from the field while the Pistons only shot 42.9%. The Pistons were also blocked 7 times.
In his postgame interview, Detroit’s Forward Anthony Tolliver, who led the Pistons with 18 points, summarized the team’s poor effort.
“Tonight they just played harder than we did. They got into us from the very beginning. Even though we were hitting shots early and made it a game, we never built a sense of urgency on the defensive end. We started missing shots and they kept making shots. These are always learning experiences, especially with all of our young guys. It’s not just a young guy thing though; myself and everyone is included in here. We can’t take nights- I wouldn’t say it was off, but we just didn’t play our brand of basketball tonight on the defensive end. If we don’t play our brand of basketball, it’s not going to be good results.”
Pistons Coach Stan Van Gundy commented on his teams lack of effort as well:
“For the whole game, but especially the last three quarters, you had one team [Dallas] played with a much higher level intensity, and a much higher level of offensive energy. It was too much for us, we could not stand up to their energy and intensity; we didn’t bring that to the game. We got dominated.
On the bright side, Stanley Johnson played an aggressive game, scoring 16 points while getting to the free throw line six times (he hit all six free throws). Ish Smith had 15 points, 4 assists, and 4 rebounds in 23 minutes of play while Andre Drummond, often in foul trouble, posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
For the Mavs, Harrison Barnes led all scorers with 25 points while rookie Dennis Smith Jr. scored 15 points with 5 assists and 5 rebounds. Detroit will look to bounce back against the New York Knicks on Friday night at the Little Caesars Arena. Game starts at 7pm EST / 4pm PST.