The Pistons just did something no other team has done this season, beat the league leading Indiana Pacers on their home court. Detroit controlled game leading from buzzer to buzzer in their 101-96 victory.
- Josh Smith had another huge game leading all scores, as he did against the Blazers the night before, with 30 points. Smith had the hot hand early, especially after the half. When he was in range he just couldn’t seem to miss. Despite his huge offensive game, his block on West with 48 seconds left on the clock could have been the play of the game. Smith added 7 boards, an assist and two blocks.
- Dare I say that Josh’s block on West, that went off the backboard and right into the hands of Brandon Jennings, reminded me of the Tayshaun block.
- In his first 24 games with the Pistons, Josh Smith averaged 13.8 points and 14.0 field goal attempts. In the past two nights, he has averaged 30.5 points and 23.0 shots. Via NBA.com
- It was nice to see Jennings and crew feeding Josh when he clearly had a rhythm going.
- Let’s talk about the Pistons other Josh. Harrellson, who was inserted in the game early after Drummond picked up two quick fouls, left off right where Andre would have. It was Josh’s best game of the season with 10 boards, 2 blocked shots and seven points in just 16 minutes.
- After the heart breaker at the Palace on Sunday night I’m going to be honest, I didn’t think they could do it. They dominated the game, leading by as much as 11, but the Pacers were right there with a minute left on the clock. Thank you for proving me wrong and closing this one out.
- Detroit played the best two teams in the league two nights in a row. They narrowly lost to the Blazers and beat the Pacers at home, so does that mean they’ve turned the corner?
- The Pistons held Paul George in check, holding him below his season average of 24.
- Will Bynum, who was on court in the third and fourth resting Brandon Jennings, clearly showed signs of rust. He was almost hard to watch, except for the alley-oop feed to Andre Drummond.
- This team hasn’t been this fun to watch since 2004-2005.
- Drummond played just two minutes in the first half. He finished the game with nine points and nine boards.
Maurice Cheeks on Josh Smith: “We keep putting him on the block and he’s being aggressive, attacking the rim, he’s getting a ton of opportunities. He’s just playing a full basketball game. That last play, that drive to the rim, he ended up blocking it off the backboard. He’s just playing great right now.” Via Pistons.com
- Brandon Jennings is taking care of the basketball. Jennings put up 18 points with only one turnover and a couple of huge triples. He’s looked as good as Smith has the last two games.
- Give it up to Jonas Jerebko who walked in right before the half and dropped a buzzer beating three like it was nothing.
- Monore was solid again with 12 boards and 13 points.
- Why can’t Louis Scola miss against Detroit? It was Scola that got the Pacers within striking distance. He scored 18 for the Pacers off the bench.
- Recap via NBA.com
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- The Pistons controlled the boards 55-40. They did especially well limiting the Pacers get second chance shots.
- Caldwell-Pope was just 3-of-11 shooting for 8 points, but his hustle was noticeable.
- Stuckey, clearly hurting, played just 15 minutes with two points.
- In Boston on Wednesday should keep this team rolling.
- Are they getting a little respect yet?