Austin’s Three Saves the DAYE – Pistons over the Sixers in OT

by | Jan 9, 2011 | 12 comments

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.
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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.


    1. fire_kuester_now

      “The play actually wasn’t for me to start off and then (coach John Kuester) changed it around,” Daye said. “I got a great screen and as soon as I let it go, I knew it was going in.”

      If anyone watched the game on TV you could see and hear Kuester originally called the final play of regulation for T-mac, but thank god assistant coach Darrelll Walker stepped in and suggested Kuester to give it to Daye. Daryl Walker should be our head coach.

      • Leftos

        I mentioned that via a tweet to Nat yesterday the moment I saw it. Q hadn’t even thought of Daye, and Walker said something along the lines “What about Daye?” just at the moments the players stared to leave the circle and Q called them back.

        Walker saved the game for us, as far as play-calling goes. Period.

    2. gordbrown

      A couple of points. Wallace technical was because he was fouled by two players clearly and with no call. Hard to blame him but it almost cost the game. Also one of the great things about Chuck Daly was that he brought in really good assistants and wasn’t threatened by them. To me, what Kuester did was a recommendation not a strike against him.

    3. Drew

      I agree about Nocioni. I’m surprised he didn’t kill us like usual. I also believe McGrady had 9 points, not 7.

      And where is the replay of Stuckey breaking Jrue Holiday’s ankles? I hope nobody’s so biased that we can’t applaud a sick play by him when there is one.

    4. piston_fan_philippines

      Great game last night. I really thought its all over until Daye hit that 3! Gonno download this game today.

      • Kaptain

        How are u goin to download it cause i always wanted to download some games i didnt get to see

      • Kevin (PHL)

        Pls share how to download!! 🙂

        • piston_fan_philippines

          Is it ok to post it here? I might get banned lol

    5. Leftos

      “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.”

      Keith Langlois (via Twitter) mentioned something around 75% as the first half was closing.

    6. Matt Selke

      I was at this game in section 117 row E seat #1 ! Great game. Hey Nat did you notice all the people leaving when we were down 3 and Philly had 2 free throws? People loose faith too quickly. My friend and I stayed until the very end.

      • Natalie Sitto

        I did Matt in fact I was laughing at the people who left with like 4 minutes left. Why come?


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