The #Pistons took down the Miami #Heat Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills 99-109 to snap Miami’s six game winning streak. It’s not a dream, but more like a late Christmas Miracle as the Pistons bench led by Will Bynum made sure Pistons fans got a late holiday gift.
- Will Bynum was outstanding and did everything to make sure that Detroit was going to finish the game out with a win. He scored 25 points, 13 of which came in the fourth quarter. He didn’t just score either, his 10 assists helped the rest of his bench brigade take a game that looked like it was going to be a blowout into a holiday triumph.
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- LeBron James finished with 35 points on the night and tried to put the game on his shoulders, but give credit to Tayshaun Prince who did his best to make sure that didn’t happen. Tayshaun logged a game Pistons high 36 minutes, finishing with 11 points.
- By far the biggest crowd at the Palace this season and boy did they have something to cheer about.
- Bynumite Highlights via NBA.com
- The Zoo Crew Part Deux went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter on their way to putting up 41 points in the second.
Will Bynum: “Andre was big out there tonight, he’s been playing great. Game by game, he’s getting better and better. … We’ve got a great chemistry of players out there. It’s just simple. With Charlie, Austin, myself, Kyle (Singler), Stuckey, Drummond – they kind of have to pick their poison.”
- Should the Pistons started be worried about their minutes? At this point yes! When your bench beats the Miami Heat pretty much by themselves erasing the deficit (22 points) you handed them you should worry.
- 64 bench points for Detroit.
- Miami’s biggest lead was 15, the Pistons 17.
- Highlights via NBA.com
- Is LeBron making excuses? “We’re a team that wants to be whole every night we go out there. A big part of the team was missing, but guys have to step up. We didn’t have enough tonight defensively.” It’s not the Pistons fault the Wade kick someone in the groin.
- Andre Drummond had a fantastic night putting up another double-double with 10 points and 10 boards. Had he not gotten into a bit of foul trouble, I’m sure his number would be bigger. His defensive plays, especially the steal on James that led to the Villanueva fast break are thing that make him more than just another big man.
- Charlie Villanueva was a +21 in the box reigning threes (4-of-5) on the Heat on his way to 18 points and six boards in 25 minutes.
- Daye with 11 points two blocked shots and a +17 in the box. He’s not only producing, but you can see his confidence when he’s on the floor.
- Singler with 12 points, five boards and two assist with a +14. He’s looked better in the last two games for Detroit than he has in a while.
- Brandon Knight is clearly in a slump. I feel like it’s either a banner night or a bust with him. He’s got to make sure he doesn’t let the team dig themselves in holes like they do to start games. It doesn’t always fall on him, but as the PG he’s got to try to figure out a solution.
- The starters did start the second half on a 9-0 run, and played a nice third quarter.
- No Rodney Stuckey, who was out with a sprained left ankle, which he suffered in the Atlanta loss.
- Is it wrong to be smug about the fans in the building Friday night who came to see the Heat?
- The Heat are probably a little embarrassed that MC Hammer put on a better performance than they did.
- Good times at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
- Next up Milwaukee on Sunday.