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The Pistons led the West-leading Portland Trail Blazers on their court for close to 48 minutes Sunday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.  It was the last-minute in regulation that got the Blazers into extra minutes and it was this

Damian Lillard fadeaway with one-tenth of a second left in overtime that broke the Pistons hearts.

The struggle to close games out continues for Detroit, final score 111-109.

Key Points:

  • Josh Smith all scorers with 31 points on 13-of-17 shooting with seven boards, four assists a steal and a blocked shot. This was clearly the best game for Smith since coming to Detroit.

Coming into the game, Josh Smith was averaging a career-high 4.4 3-point attempts despite making just 26.9 percent of them. He finally got the message to take the ball to the rim, scoring seven of his eight first-half field goals within five feet of the basket. He surpassed his season high by making four hook shots in the third quarter. via

  • LeMarcus Aldridge continues to dominate the league and especially against Detroit.  He put up 27 points and 12 board and was the reason the Blazers got won the game.
  • It’s almost torture as a Pistons fan to watch a fourth quarter of any game.  I’m going to put a Gastroenterologist on retainer soon.
  • Brandon Jennings misses a triple-double with 15 points, eight rebounds and 10 assists in the loss. He’s cut down on the turnovers of late, he had just two on the night.
  • Not only does Andre Drummond fill the stat lines, he can fill hearts.  Playing high school and college ball in Connecticut he wrote the names of all the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting a year ago on his shoes and donated them and his jersey after the game.
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  • Andre finished the game with 13 points, 14 boards, three steals and three blockes shots in 43:35 on the floor. He also added a few standard jaw dropping dunks and kept himself in the game getting his fifth foul mid fourth quarter.
  • Greg Monroe had another healthy game and did his best against the outstanding Aldridge. Moose scored 17 with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • I wouldn’t be surprised if Kyle Singler gets the starting nod over Caldwell-Pope soon.  Each finished with five points on the night, but Singler has played more meaningful minutes the past few games.
  • Bynum was dressed but did not play.
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  • Billups is getting time on the court but it seems to be limited.  Not sure if they are taking it easy on him since the injury or that’s what his role will be.  He will not be playing back-to-back nights, so we wont see him in Indiana. He scored six with four assists in 16 minutes on the floor.  I personally would have had him out there to take that last shot in regulation.

 smithJosh Smith: “If this doesn’t sting, I don’t know what does. When I was in Atlanta and we were young, we were in a lot of ballgames, but late down the stretch we couldn’t figure it out. A year later, we turned the corner. But those losses that we experienced in that time, they stung a little bit and they were also learning experiences. We sat down as a team and watched film. We didn’t want to watch them, but we saw reasons we lost those games and it didn’t do anything but make us better. We’ll sit down as a team and see what we’re doing wrong in late games, because this was definitely a winnable game.” Via

  • Stuckey with 17 on 7-of-18 shooting.
  • Monday night in Indiana against the Pacers is going to be rough.

With 3.5 seconds on the clock in regulation and the Pistons down 96-99 the Pistons had a chance. That chance when right into the hands of second year SF Austin Daye who calmly hit a corner three to tie the game and send it into overtime. After Daye tied the game with his triple that sent the game into OT he went on to score the first five points of overtime in the Pistons 109-112 victory over Philadelphia.

Key Points:

  • Daye’s Triple to send it into overtime.

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  • Daye had some key plays throughout the game that lit the crowd on fire. He finished the game with 15 points, 6 boards, a blocked shots and three assists in 24 minutes.
Austin Daye

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  • The Sixers just wouldn’t go away in OT even though the Pistons pulled away fast. In fact they had a shot to take it into double overtime when the Sixers Meeks had an off-balance triple shot that almost went in. I’m actually surprised he didn’t go to the line for three free throws.
  • Greg Monroe recorded his second career double-double – and his second straight double-double with an NBA career high 16 point, 13 rebounds, three assists and three steals. If that’s not improvement, I don’t know what it. There has been many people who would like to see him start and to be quite honest he may just improve even more with more minutes on the floor.

Greg Monroe: “I just kept on working, coming into this league you’ve got to earn everything every day. I didn’t lose focus, things get frustrating, but I just kept on working, kept on learning, got in the games and just tried to do my best. As time came along I started playing more, now I’m finishing games and I’m trying to work to stay in that position.”

  • Highlight reel Dunk from Monroe via

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  • Stuckey with a 20 point night came out shooting right from the opening tip. Stuckey added 4 assists with 7 boards, and 2 steals in 35 minutes.
  • T-Mac played 39 minutes with 7 assists, 4 boards and finished with 7 points. He also had a really nice dunk thanks to a great alley-oop pass from who else…Austin Daye.

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  • On of the better crowds at the Palace, who actually didn’t need the big screen to help them scream defense at the end of the game.
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    • The second pick in the NBA draft Rookie Evan Turner, who hasn’t really wowed yet this season did just fine against Detroit going for 19 points, on 7-for-11 with 5 assists. I guess the Pistons just do that to players.
    • Detroit’s first half defense was abysmal. In fact (although I was at the game so can’t be sure) at one point I think that the Sixers were shooting well over 60% from the floor.
    • Looks like Will Bynum is the one stuck on the bench now. Bynum with another DNP, but he was a heck of a cheerleader all night.
    • Ben Gordon and Rip Hamilton were both off all night long and combined for 4-for-17 shooting between them.
    • Daye and Monroe aside, if it weren’t for Tayshaun Prince the Pistons would have never been in the position to even get into overtime. Tay willed the team back with some key makes in the closing minutes and finished with a game high 23 points adding 8 boards 2 assists a steal and a blocked shot.
    • Prince Highlights of the game.

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    • I don’t care what uniform he’s in, I still can’t stand Andres Nocioni.
    • The effort put in by Monroe always seems to stand out now. One play in particular that he didn’t give up on added 3 rebounds, a basket and a trip to the line to his box score stats.
    • Ben Wallace said a few choice words that got him a technical foul with 2 minutes left because of a no foul call on him. The technical foul and the free throw put the Sixers ahead 93-90. Wallace finished with 6 points, 5 boards, a blocked shot and YES, 5 assists in 31 minutes.
    • Issues with free throw shooting lately. The Pistons were just 64% from the line and two misses freebies from Prince at the end of OT left the door open for the Sixers.
    • Not much time from Rip. He played just 17 minutes on the night. The only Piston with less minutes was Maxiell, who had 7.
    • Hard fought game that you just knew was going down to the wire. This one was tied 9 times and with 12 lead changes.

    Kuester: “The thing I was impressed with was we never gave up. We came up and kept battling. The last play ended up Austin (Daye) doing a great job, Rodney Stuckey that did a great job setting up a screen to get Austin open but guys helped each other. Great win.”

    • It’s not going to be easy to take on in Chicago on Monday.

    Maxiell saves the day and the game.

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    Seriously…did you see that look on his face after the dunk? Terrifying and awesome at the same time.
    I’ve watched this about 20 times already.

    The Pistons beat the Spurs in OT 101-109.  I’m gong to set most of the details aside like:

    • The officiating
    • The hack a Ben Wallace fiasco that Pop pulled.
    • The fact that Kuester left Ben in after 5 consecutive fouls.
    • The almost fit of rage and the headband toss from Ben when when he finally was pulled with a little more than 2 minutes left in the game.
    • The 10 point lead widdled down to one.
    • The Manu flop.
    • The Rip tech that could have cost the Pistons the game.
    • Some clutch baskets by Stuckey.
    • Ben Gordon coming to life.

    I guess I really didn’t put anything aside, but here is the video I took of the reaction from the crowd when Antonio McDyess was introduced at the Palace with the Pistons Intros.

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    I have to say I am a bit disappointed that they didn’t make a bit more of Dyess’s homecoming.  In fact I felt that they almost cut off the cheers by starting the introductions.

    Not only did I get to see Dyess, I’m still excited that thanks to my friend Dave, Antonio McDyess has an Ice4Dyess T-Shirt in his possession.

    It was a great win, I’m anxious to hear your thoughts.