Despite a career high from Austin Day the Pistons took the Miami Heat down to wire, but just couldn’t up with the win. The youngsters battled the entire game keeping it close and finally gained the lead late in the fourth quarter only to give it back to the Heat after sending LeBron to the line. Detroit went on a 12-0 run in the fourth quarter to wipe out a 10-point deficit and led 98-95 with 1:33 left, but lost 101-98.
- No Ben Gordon, no Tayshan Prince (family), no Will Bynum and no Charlie V.
- It didn’t matter that Austin Daye didn’t even get the start in place of Tayshaun Prince. You knew he was going to have a special night when he hit his first three shots that just happened to be three’s. Austin continued to play the best basketball of his NBA career putting up a career high 28 and some great defensive plays. He even had a chance to tie it up in the closing second, but it just didn’t happen.
- Daye scored 18 points in the second quarter alone.
- Congrats to Daye, lets hope this was more than a jump-start to the player he can be. Post game interview via Pistons.com
- Detroit started strong and so did Chris Bosh. Bosh finished with 27 points for Miami and made it clear of this after the game. “We played terrible, this wasn’t us.”
- Jonas Jerebko blew the house down when he knocked down an open 3-pointer with 1:19 left in the game to put the Pistons up by three. Jerebko finished with 7 points and 6 boards.
- LeBron James gets to the line 6 times in the closing minute to basically win the game for the Heat.
- Detroit took advantage of every play and every turnover. This was a hard fought scrappy game that was exciting to watch.
- Moose with one heck of a game. Monroe was all over he place with a 20 and 10 double-double. Monroe had a chance to give the Pistons the lead in the final seconds with a shot in the paint that just wouldn’t go do. He is the truth.
- Brandon Knight a career high 41 minutes on the court scoring 17 points with, 5 assists and 4 boards. Brandon was taking it to the hole and taking charge all night long. He sure didn’t look like a rookie. The future is bright.
- Great clutch defensive stops from Detroit, especially late in the game.
- Brandon Knight missed two free throws with 1:26 left that would have put the Pistons up five. Wilkins fumbled a ball out of bounds on their next possession, and Austin Daye traveled with seconds on the game clock and the Pistons down three. That what happens with young teams, the clutch factor hasn’t kicked in. Let’s hope it does.
- I have to admit I haven’t been that excited watch a game for quite some time.
- They still need to take care of the ball better. Detroit turned the ball over 17 times.
- Solid and aggressive game from Rodney Stuckey who finished with 15 points on just 5 shots with, 6 assists and 4 boards. Rodney fouled out with about 3 minutes left in the game.
- Ben Wallace had three blocks in the first quarter.
- Is it just me or has anyone else noticed that Greg Monroe has been having a hard time keeping his hands on the ball?
- First time I can remember that Mason shouted DEEEEETROIT BASKETBALLL loud and proud at the Palace this season. Likewise for the Final countdown with about 30 seconds left in the game.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- That this quote away from the game and things look brighter.
Lawrence Frank: “I thought our guys showed great fight, spirit and resolve,” he said. “There were plays to be made on both sides – we had some empty trips – but you’ve got to look throughout the course of the game. It’s disappointing to lose. There’s not a consolation prize. But the spirit, the fight, the heart being in the right place for the right reasons – if we can establish that as part of our DNA, you’ll put yourself in position to win a lot of games. It can’t just be because it’s Miami. There was great resolve. There were plays left to be made, but sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture.”