When you’re struggling to win on the road, it’s good to get one in place where they seem to be given away like free candy.
The Pistons survived a hot Eric Gordon, a beastly Blake Griffin, and another bad third quarter to get their first road win 113-107 again the Los Angeles Clippers Friday in at Staples Center.
Detroit was lead by Charlie Villanueva, who scored 30 points, but only pulled down one rebound.
The Clippers were lead by Gordon’s 28 points and Rookie-of-the-year candidate Griffin’s 18 points and 18 rebounds.
Unlike the previous game in Portland, the Piston starters got off to a great start, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter led by Austin Daye’s 9 points.
The lead would reach 10 at the break after a second quarter that saw Villanueva hit 3 treys.
Similar to the previous game (and seemingly all of the others) the third quarter saw the large lead evaporate faster than the Clippers last playoff appearance.
The Clippers surge back into the game thanks to Piston turnovers, rushed shots, and a series of Blake Griffin dunks that electrified the crowd.
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The fourth quarter saw the lead change several times before the Clippers took a four point lead with just under 3 minutes to play.
Charlie V then knocked down two consecutive triples to pull Detroit within one each time. Then LA’s Rasual Butler hit one to put the home team 102-99 ahead with 29 seconds left.
After some free throw makes and misses both ways, the Pistons found themselves down 2 with 15 second remaining until Rip Hamilton tied things with a left corner jumper.
Rip then made a steal as the Clippers tried to inbound the ball after their timeout, and missed a pull-up jumper at the buzzer that would have won it.
In overtime, Rodney Stuckey and Jason Maxiell converted on free throws and field goals that put Detroit ahead for good.
Being that I now live in Los Angeles, I took this one in.
- Charlie V was on fire in the first half, and clutch in the fourth quarter. Clipper fans were amazed or astonished by his shot making down the stretch.
- This was Detroit’s first road win in five tries this season.
- Blake Griffin has one of the ugliest jumpers I’ve ever seen.
- The Clippers played without two starters: Baron Davis and Michigan native Chris Kaman.
- Why doesn’t Ben Wallace finish games anymore?
- Hey, a Jason Maxiell sighting!
- Austin Daye was hot in the first, but disappeared the rest of the way.
- Fans at Staples Center began leaving at around the 3 minute mark for some reason although the game was still in the balance.
- Ben Gordon was non-existent, but picked up a technical foul for arguing with the official.
- There was a Clipper fan who was so into the game that during a timeout when the team dancers were on the floor, he stood in the aisle and followed the routine step-by-step as people were trying to walk to their seats. We were very entertained.
- Tracy McGrady gave to Pistons a brief lift in the second quarter.
- The Clippers seemed to get to the rim at will in that third quarter.
- Why did Will Bynum continue to shoot jumpers late in the game?
- Shout out to that drunken fan who kept screaming “Deeeee-troit Baaaaa-sketballllll Sucks d**k” at the Piston fans in the house. He was also trying to pick up teenage girls at the arena.
- Next stop: Sacramento Sunday Night.
- Tom Gores attends Pistons game – Says he still wants to buy the team. (hat tip EDT in the comments)