Rashid S. Umar
After getting off to a great start early for the second straight night on the West Coast Trip, The Pistons eventually stumble and fall to the Clippers in LA 97-91, halting Detroit’s modest two-game winning streak. Tayshaun Prince followed Tuesday night’s great performance with another gem of 17 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 assists. Rip Hamilton led the team with 21 points on 8-21 shooting.
Detroit led by as many as 12 in the first half and eight at the break. The second half saw Clipper-newcomer Drew Gooden and Chris Kaman continue to exploit the Pistons’ lack of size upfront as they combined for 41 points and 28 rebounds. Los Angeles got a huge performance down the stretch from Rasual Butler, who nailed a couple of 3s off of good ball movement (or bad defensive rotation). He also had a huge block on Rodney Stuckey late in the game.
Key points of the night:
- Being that I live in LA, I decided to take this one in. You’d be surprised at how many die-hard Clipper fans are here in “Lakerland”.
- For the second straight game, Detroit was outscored by at least double digits in the fourth quarter.
- Rip Hamilton missed six free throws (including 3 straight with seconds to go that would have brought the team within a point) snapping his streak of 51 consecutive makes. Although he nearly completed a four point opportunity on a silly foul again Eric Gordon.
- Clippers win the season series for the first time since 2000 and only the third time in over 20 years.
- In 26 minutes, Ben Wallace didn’t score but had 10 rebounds.
- Did Ben Gordon suit up tonight? I’m just saying.
- There were a lot of Detroit fans in the house but, that’s not unusual against the Clippers.
- Another DNP-CD for Kwame Brown, this even during a game where the rebound war was lost 56-44.
- Drew Gooden has put up All-Star numbers against the Pistons this season especially in rebounds.
- If the Pistons had a legitimate low-post threat they’d be a playoff team.
- Before Rasual Butler’s late go-ahead three-pointer, the loudest cheers of the night were for a Michael Jackson look-alike in the crowd.
- Charlie Villaneuva might as well be wearing roller skates on defense. I’m sure no one would notice.
- Highlights of the Game Via NBA.com
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- If it wasn’t for the logo on the court, you wouldn’t realize you were at a Clippers game at Staple Center. There is nothing but Lakers championship banner and L.A. Kings retired jerseys in the rafters. Even the WNBA team has something up.
- Kid Rock in the house.
- The road trip continues in Denver on Friday night against former Pistons Chauncey Billups and Aaron Affalo.
- I got a text from my Friend in LA who was also at the game that read “The are chanting Stukey’s – Suckey.” For real LA, that’s as original as you can get? (Natalie)