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Maybe Detroit should have had an easier time with a struggling Bucks team that was without three of their starting five. Maybe they shouldn’t have blown a 10 point lead to Milwaukee only to have to fight back to send the game into overtime. Maybe….but nobody told Milwaukee’s Ramon Sessions, who had a career-high 44 points, tormenting the Pistons in their 126-121 victory.

Key Points:

  • Give it up to former D Leaguer Ramon Sessions with a career high 44 on 13-18 shooting for the Bucks. This kid couldn’t be stopped and had he not put up such an impressive performance Detroit may have had an easy go at this game.
  • Milwaukee tipped the scales in the free throw department going to the line 41 times to Detroit’s 28.
  • Detroit could have possibly lost this one due to a late offensive foul on Antionio McDyess in the last few seconds in regulation.  It was hard to see, yes it may have been a foul, but it was definitely marginal and in most cases when the game is truly on the line like it was that one is a no call.
  • Nothing much from Rodney Stuckey, who was just 1-for-10 for 6 points in 26 minutes. He did get posterized by Charlie Villanueva, but to Stuckey’s credit at least he tried to block the shot….most players would have stepped back and let him take the dunk.
  • Allen Iverson was AI down the stretch of this one. He finished with 27 points and 9 assists and was gelling with the offense like he hasn’t since he was first traded to Detroit.
  • Richard Hamilton and Allen Iverson combined for 15 of Detroit’s 17 overtime Points.
  • “It was a great counter off each other,” Hamilton said. “When one of us got tired, or whatever, the other guy picked it up.” Via NBA.com
  • Rip had the best game he’s had possibly all season long. His shot was falling and he was getting the ball right where he needed it. Rip scored  38 points off the bench for Detroit on 15 for 25 shooting in 36 minutes on the floor.

Richard Hamilton

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  • “We were cognizant that Rip had the hot hand, so obviously our thing was to make sure he got the ball,” Iverson said. “When they tried to take away what stuff Rip did, we got success with me and the big guys up top with the pick and roll. We were scoring effectively every trip down the court.” Via NBA.com
  • Richard Hamilton Highlights.
  • 44-36… Yes, Detroit won the war of the boards.
  • 54 Pistons Bench points thanks to Rip and Antonio.
  • Can we tip our hats to Antonio McDyess who doesn’t get much of the spotlight for Detroit but is one of the reasons Detroit has a chance to win every game. Dyess scored 16 points with 9 boards with a steal and a blocked shot in 34 minutes on the floor.  I have said this since Dyess came to Detroit, the guy never gets the benefit of the whistle.
  • Engaged and on Fire! I know we don’t like when he does it but when it works we celebrate.  A career high 7 three pointers for Rasheed Wallace.  Sheed scored 27 points in 47 minutes for Detroit.  He added 2 blocks, 8 boards and two assists.

Rasheed Wallace

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  • Yes Rasheed did pick up another technical foul (that makes 14), but in his defense, he got run over by Dan Gadzuric and didn’t get a call. Knocked down and stepped on, made the three with no call.
  • Sheetastic Highlights.
  • Tayshaun may not have put up double figures but he had a solid night.  Nine points, 9 assists, 13 boards and a steal.  Prince was a big part of running the offense when Rip and Iverson were dominating.
  • Simple fact seems to be that Rip, AI and Stuckey can’t light up the same game.  Rip plays well, Stuckey doesn’t play much and we should be fine with it if we start winning.
  • FSN Highlights by the quarter.
  • Chris McCosky : “Coach Michael Curry did switch things up. He trapped Sessions. He used Hamilton on him in the fourth quarter and into the overtime. And down the stretch, he put Arron Afflalo on him. But nothing worked until Afflalo shut him down in the final seconds. “Every time we trapped with a big guy, they called a foul,” Curry said. “I think we committed more fouls tonight than ever.”
  • Anyone wondering why Curry refuses to go zone when the Pistons are clearly getting burned?  At least he figured out that he needed to put AA in the game.
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