In a game that featured little defense – the Pistons were able to use a hot shooting 1st quarter to propel them to victory over the Washington Wizards at The Palace, 113-102. 7 Pistons players scored in double digits as the Pistons lead for the entire game. While it was a fun game to watch for the high scoring, it’s definitely not the kind of basketball the old school Piston fans are used to seeing (or enjoying).
Super-rookie John Wall scored 24 points (including 12-13 from the free throw line) to go along with 7 assists and 5 rebounds (with 4 turnovers). Slam dunk contest finalist JaVale McGee finished with 12 points and 2 rebounds, after scoring 20 points and having 16 rebounds in the last matchup in November.
Let’s look at the highlights, shall we?:
- Austin Daye, described by many as the player with the best jumpshot in last year’s NBA Draft, scored an efficient 12 points in 18 minutes off the bench to go along with 5 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. Daye has really shown signs of improvement as the season has worn on, and it’ll nice to see what he can contribute as a starter, next season.
- Need4Sheed fan favorite, Rodney Stuckey, had a near triple double and a +22 +/- for the Pistons. Stuckey finished with 19 points, 9 assists and 7 rebounds. In the words of Junior – “take that, Boney”
- Wow – Detroit won rebounding matchup 45-29. To be honest, if I’m a Wizard fan that total disgusts me. The Wizards have 2 guys in the starting lineup who had a height advantage over the entire Pistons roster. The Wizards are a young team that need to prove they’re ready for the big time.
- LOL @ Nick Young’s hair
- I don’t know about you but, Trevor Booker reminds me of a young Jason Maxiell. Booker is a feisty post player, in his 1st year from Clemson.
- Pistons super rookie Greg Monroe contributed with 12 points and 7 rebounds in 21 minutes.
- Player of the night: Tayshaun Prince with 20 points on 10-19 shooting and the biggest poster of the year.
- Tayshaun Prince DUNK and HL’s
Video courtesy of the NBA and the Detroit Pistons
- Richard Hamilton received the largest ovation on the evening when he checked in late in the 1st quarter
Need4Sheed’s thoughts and prayers go out to former Pistons coach Flip Saunders and his family on the loss of Saunders’ mother. We may talk bad about Saunders occasionally, but he is a good man and helped this team win many games. Saunders was not with the team tonight – he was in Cleveland with his family.
The Pistons now must pack their bags and head out for a 3 game road trip to face off against the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder and Denver Nuggets. It’s not going to be an easy trip, but the Pistons got off on the right start with a win tonight.