Just when the tired, road weary Pistons looked like they were going to lose another game, a burst of Bynum energy propelled the team to their 16th win of the season over the hot Phoenix Suns. With Phoenix up by 14 points to start the fourth quarter it was the Pistons bench of Bynum, Daye and Wallace who added the spark and chipped away at the Suns lead and 74-75 win Saturday night at The Palace.
- Yes Will Bynum scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, but it was his defense along with Wallace’s that help the Pistons take this one.
- This shows you the heart of Ben Wallace, knowing that Charlie Villanueva couldn’t go Saturday he volunteered to be put on the active list to help his team out.
- Villanueva did not play, but Ben Wallace got back on court since spraining his ankle against the Bulls last week. Wallace played 25 minutes off the Pistons bench with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
- Tayshaun Prince, as solid as ever, led the Pistons with a 17 points, 13 boards, 5 assists and a steal in 40 minutes on the floor. As great as Prince has been all year for the Pistons I still think he doesn’t get the praise he deserves because for the most part his game is so quite.
- Let’s not forget the huge bucket from Austin Day who really doesn’t mind taking (and making) the big shot.
- Bynum with 12 points and four rebounds and two big steals in the fourth quarter. The biggest play may have been when he picked Steve Nash’s pocket and went the length of the court for a layup to cut the Pistons’ deficit to six with just under five minutes left.
Bynum: “I just felt like we were lacking energy. I just tried to go out there and let my effort do the talking. Hopefully everybody else would follow.” “Defensively, I thought we played with a little more energy, a little more aggressive. We did a great job on Steve Nash and we did a great job of scrambling for everybody else after that and we came out with the win.”
- Greg Monroe with 6 boards and 6 points and solid defense in 23 minutes.
- I just love it how superstars get calls. Late in the fourth when the Suns needed to foul to keep in the game, the ball was in-bounded to Bynum and he broke free of Nash to take more time off the clock. Nash had to lightly touch Will on the arm and he got the foul call to stop the clock for Phoenix. And at the end of the game the Suns were in-bounded the ball and Stuckey got called for a foul before the ball was even in play for pulling Vince Carter’s jersey…if you looked at it again Nash was doing the same thing.
- Bynumite highlight reel.
Video courtesy of the NBA and The Detroit Pistons
- I don’t say it often here on the site, but if you follow me on Twitter you know how I feel about The Call Sam Studios. You can see (and hear) it in the clip above…some people really aren’t suited for an on air speaking job. It really is hard to watch Mateen Cleaves stumble through the show night in and night out.
- This may not have come down to the last shot if Bynum and Prince would have sank both of their free throws.
- Lucky to get this one, for the second consecutive game the Pistons shot poorly. Detroit shot 35% from the floor and 30% from downtown.
- Another game with Rip sitting. Kuester did admit on Saturday that he did talk to the Pistons shooting guard.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- Rodney Stuckey with 11 points on the night on 3-for-15 shooting.
- Detroit scored just 11 points in the third quarter and did not reach 50 points until a Ben Gordon basket with 9:33 in the game.
- Quite night for T-Mac.
- This will not be a fun week for Detroit. They travel to Orlando for a Monday game with the Magic. They then fly home to play Denver on Wednesday only to fly back to Florida for a game against the Heat Friday and a Sunday game in New York. Thanks NBA scheduling gods.