The #Pistons showed themselves and the NBA that they can win on any given night after they beat the defending World Champion Heat on their own floor ending their 10 game winning streak. Detroit was dominant during the 107-97 victory letting the Heat get the lead just once in the game on their first two point as they led by as much as 18 points. Though the Heat got as close as three late in the fourth the Pistons did something they haven’t done all season…close them out. And what better team to do it against than the Heat.
- Brandon Jennings had two very decisive plays that led to this victory. One, a three-point make from way beyond the arch when the Heat had gotten within three 88-91 to put the Pistons up six. The other a HUGE, and I mean HUGE steal from LeBron James who didn’t even know he got swiped. James was still going up for the dunk when Brandon was halfway down the court getting ready to pass it to Monroe for two.
- Jennings finished with 15 points, four steals, five assists.
- This win was all about teamwork, with seven Pistons in double figures. By far the most complete game since this team was assembled.
- Very surprised that not a ton of superstar fouls were called in this one, especially being that it was in Miami.
- A breakout game for Kyle Singler, who led the Pistons with 18 point. More importantly his three-point shot was dropping. He went 4-of-6 from downtown his last from way back with LeBron guarding him and the shot clock winding down.
- Great feeling to get this win, but it wasn’t fun watching late in the fourth as the Heat crept back in, especially leading by 18 points.
- Josh Smith did a heck of a job guarding LeBron James. Pistons fan my complain about his shot selection at time, but he’s been bringing it on the defensive end. Smith finished with 15, a blocked shot (should have been 3), with four assists and four boards.
- Huge start to the game by Andre Drummond who grabbed six boards in the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately Dre got into early foul trouble limiting his minutes to 19 on the night. Despite the limited time he finished with 10 points and 18 boards.
- Jonas Jerebko, who been getting more time, scored 7 points all of which seemed to come at the perfect time.
- If you missed it I’m sorry, the highlights just don’t do this game justice.
- Defense was defiantly the deciding factor in this one.
- When the Heat got within three I said to myself and twitter, “this is where Mo Cheeks shows he can coach….or not.”
- Stuckey still being the catalyst on this team. He finished with 16.
- If Detroit would have lost you could have looked at the turnovers (18), especially the costly ones late in the game.
- Greg Monroe as solid as ever with 16, five assists, a steal and two blocked shots.
Andre Drummond: “It is a great feeling. We played all 48 (minutes) tonight. We played hard the whole game. We didn’t let up off the gas. We just took advantage of the lead that we had and just kept pushing forward.”
- Brandon Jennings post game interview via NBA.com
- I wish we could bask in this one a little longer, but Detroit has to keep it going Wednesday night in Milwaukee.