The Pistons Narrowly Escape Orlando With A Win

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The #Pistons fought to the final buzzer to beat the Orlando Magic for the second time in a week 104-102 Sunday night. Brandon Knight put up a career high 31 points and traded 3-pointers with J.J. Redick all night, but it was Knight’s consecutive threes that took the Pistons from three points down to leading by three late in the fourth quarter.

Key Points:

  • Detroit had a solid hold on the game in the first half, but the Magic came right back to squash the Pistons 13 point lead in the third quarter. From there it seemed like both teams were just trading baskets for the rest of the second half. You knew it was going to go down to the wire and it did.
  • This was a crazy finish that could have gone a different way. Just watch the final play and just how many chances that the Magic had to tie the game right at the rim.
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  • The buzz before the game even began was the deactivation of Rodney Stuckey for the Orlando game. Many Pistons fans speculated that maybe there was a trade in the works to Boston since the news came down about Rondo being out for the season with an Achilles injury. It can be a trade, but it can also be buffoonery. I doubt that Dumars would make a trade that helps Boston when they are vying for the last playoff spot with Detroit.
  • With Stuckey out of the mix Frank when with more minutes from Kyle Singler and 18 for Kim English who scored six points on 2-of-3 shooting.
  • Besides scoring doubts and turnover, the blowing double-digit leads needs to handled.
  • J.J. Redick also put up a career high 31 and looked like he cold knock down just about anything…well until it counted late in the game.
  • Greg Monroe scored 17 on 7-of-11 shooting with seven boards and six assists. He’s got to be one of the best passing big men in the league.
  • Brandon Knight may not be the best point guard, but he can sure shoot the three. Like him, love him or loath him, no matter how many points your PG score he should have more assists than zero. Despite that he played a great game. His career high 31 came on 12-of-16 shooting with five from downtown.

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  • It was a Bynumite night as Will seemed to know exactly where his teammates were and when to get them the ball. Bynum finished with 12 assists and nine points. His only knock on the night was a bad shot decision with too many seconds left on the clock late in the fourth when the Pistons were trying to put the game away.
  • Andre went scoreless playing just 16 minutes, but adding four boards and 2 blocked shots.
  • Singler played well scoring 10 with tow steals, three assists and three boards.
  • Charlie V has a couple of very timely baskets.
  • Home against the Bucks on Tuesday night isn’t a cakewalk.
5 Responses to "The Pistons Narrowly Escape Orlando With A Win"
  1. Piston_fan_phl says:

    Good game. Knight looked like an all star tonight. He’s been very efficient hitting 12 of his 16 shot attempts and had superb defense on Nelson. He looked like “The Glove” tonight. I wonder why Frank didn’t put Knight on Redick. He could have atleast 4 assist if his team mates were hitting their shots (looking at you Prince). If Knight can give this kind of effort consistently this team will have the 8th seed since Rondo just had a season ending injury. Unless Jennings and Ellis takes off, Tuesday’s game will be a W.

  2. edt says:

    best part of knight’s game in 2013 is how improved he is defensively.

    Now if we could only trade stuckey to someone that needs “Hey”

  3. rai_from_the_philippines says:

    * BK could have had an excellent all-around game, if not for the 0 assists. Anyway, not to take anyway from him, he did a huge part to win the game.
    * Is it just me, or is the guy narrating the game highlights for really bored?
    * Next up is the Bucks. How is BK matching against Ellis/Jennings?
    * Go Pistons!

  4. Tycoon says:

    If only we could trade Stuckey and Daye for Kyrie Irving. :)
    BK with 31 on 12/16 and a key to this win, I’d say 0 assist is acceptable for now.

  5. Bellllissimo says:

    “If you can only play well with certain guys, you know what you’re called? A specialist,” Frank said Sunday. “When you can play with anyone, you’re a rotation player.

    frank finallly described in words how i feel about carmelo anthony. he’s a glorified role player.

    but pistons doing good. i hope if there is a trade we get talent not just financial flexibility

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