Pistons cool the Suns thanks to some fourth quarter magic from Bynum

by | Jan 23, 2011 | 19 comments

Pistons over the Suns

Just when the tired, road weary Pistons looked like they were going to lose another game, a burst of Bynum energy propelled the team to their 16th win of the season over the hot Phoenix Suns. With Phoenix up by 14 points to start the fourth quarter it was the Pistons bench of Bynum, Daye and Wallace who added the spark and chipped away at the Suns lead and 74-75 win Saturday night at The Palace.

Key Points:

  • Yes Will Bynum scored all of his 12 points in the fourth quarter, but it was his defense along with Wallace’s that help the Pistons take this one.
  • This shows you the heart of Ben Wallace, knowing that Charlie Villanueva couldn’t go Saturday he volunteered to be put on the active list to help his team out.
  • Villanueva did not play, but Ben Wallace got back on court since spraining his ankle against the Bulls last week. Wallace played 25 minutes off the Pistons bench with 7 boards, a steal and a blocked shot.
  • Tayshaun Prince, as solid as ever, led the Pistons with a 17 points, 13 boards, 5 assists and a steal in 40 minutes on the floor. As great as Prince has been all year for the Pistons I still think he doesn’t get the praise he deserves because for the most part his game is so quite.
  • Let’s not forget the huge bucket from Austin Day who really doesn’t mind taking (and making) the big shot.
  • Bynum with 12 points and four rebounds and two big steals in the fourth quarter. The biggest play may have been when he picked Steve Nash’s pocket and went the length of the court for a layup to cut the Pistons’ deficit to six with just under five minutes left.
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Bynum: “I just felt like we were lacking energy. I just tried to go out there and let my effort do the talking. Hopefully everybody else would follow.” “Defensively, I thought we played with a little more energy, a little more aggressive. We did a great job on Steve Nash and we did a great job of scrambling for everybody else after that and we came out with the win.”

  • Greg Monroe with 6 boards and 6 points and solid defense in 23 minutes.
  • I just love it how superstars get calls. Late in the fourth when the Suns needed to foul to keep in the game, the ball was in-bounded to Bynum and he broke free of Nash to take more time off the clock. Nash had to lightly touch Will on the arm and he got the foul call to stop the clock for Phoenix. And at the end of the game the Suns were in-bounded the ball and Stuckey got called for a foul before the ball was even in play for pulling Vince Carter’s jersey…if you looked at it again Nash was doing the same thing.
  • Bynumite highlight reel.

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Video courtesy of the NBA and The Detroit Pistons

  • I don’t say it often here on the site, but if you follow me on Twitter you know how I feel about The Call Sam Studios.  You can see (and hear) it in the clip above…some people really aren’t suited for an on air speaking job.  It really is hard to watch Mateen Cleaves stumble through the show night in and night out.
  • This may not have come down to the last shot if Bynum and Prince would have sank both of their free throws.
  • Lucky to get this one, for the second consecutive game the Pistons shot poorly.  Detroit shot 35% from the floor and 30% from downtown.
  • Another game with Rip sitting. Kuester did admit on Saturday that he did talk to the Pistons shooting guard.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Rodney Stuckey with 11 points on the night on 3-for-15 shooting.
  • Detroit scored just 11 points in the third quarter and did not reach 50 points until a Ben Gordon basket with 9:33 in the game.
  • Quite night for T-Mac.
  • This will not be a fun week for Detroit.  They travel to Orlando for a Monday game with the Magic.  They then fly home to play Denver on Wednesday only to fly back to Florida for a game against the Heat Friday and a Sunday game in New York.  Thanks NBA scheduling gods.


  1. junior

    whats up with this shooting slump? everyone is in it. even tay although he still gets the points. man if we can get out of this and add good shooting to the defense weve been playing i think we could be pretty dangerous. after all we did hold the suns to 74 points, and only 13 points in the 4th. GO PISTONS.

  2. junior

    which was awesome cuase my dad and brother are suns fans and i was watching the game with them (couldnt get tickets in time, we usually go to this game every year) so i was really rubbing it in when we came back for the win.

  3. napoleon037

    I personally think Prince should get the “praise”. He’s the most consistent Piston so far this season (even Stuckey has shooting slumps)

    • junior

      ughh you should check out princes shooting numbers the last three games hes right in that slump with everyone else.

      • napoleon037

        yeah, but he can shoot in clutch situations (like in that Philadelphia game)…

        but yes, he does force himself to make shots (by playing one-on-one)

        nevertheless, it’s not like he’s the only one struggling (as you’ve said.. everyone’s been shooting terribly)

        • napoleon037

          in the first place, Prince was not the go-to guy in offense when the Pistons were still in their heydays (you have Rip, then Chauncey, Sheed, and even McDyess)

  4. James (Australia)

    I was really hoping Will would dunk it for you, Natalie, when he stole the ball from Nash.

    • MrRockinWTB

      Tay has clearly been our most consistant player by far!! Kue should really be fired so we’ll have a shot at bringing him back! I know we’re rebuilding but you do need some one with experience to help with that process and I believe Tay gives us just that! I’m still lost on what Gordon gives us that Rip doesn’t. But anyway it was a great WIN!

      • junior

        right now they are giving us the exact same thing, poor shooting, bad defense, and no real sg. BUT bg is supposed to be our future and rip is almost out our door (for 2 years now) so i agree with q to play bg and not rip. we gotta start rebuilding sometime lets start now.

  5. Rashit Flawless (Go_Osebumps)

    All I hear about BG for 1.5 seasons is “what if” and “when he’ll do this or that”.
    And now I’m asking you, BG: WHEN?! When your majesty would kindly deigns to find your shot, and deign to start to begin work your fat contract?
    I mean, its not the 1st season in the team, its not like he’s under RIP’s pressure, what else does he need? What else in this world should happen his way to shot the damn ball like he used to?!
    The team need baskets desperately. We have slow pace, low ppg, BG is the one who can score 10-15 points instantly!
    WE NEED YOU BG!!! NOW!!!

  6. Ryan

    What a great comeback! I wasn’t able to watch the game, but for them to do that in 4th against the run-and-gun Suns is awesome!

    And yeah, I always turn the channel when Mateen is on. I can’t stand listening to him, either!

  7. JHigh

    Bring back Rip and bench BG!!

  8. N1ck

    Second that JHigh.

    • Enoc

      Me too!! RIP!

  9. zeke khaseli

    Don’t play RIP. Changes the offensive scheme. For the worst

    • JHigh

      If he is used properly, he wont be an issue.

      Also, we need to run more plays than ISO for t-mac, tay, and stuckey t, thats why we end up not being able to score for 5 min in quarter. If Rip was in the game and coming off screens we would get more motion and hopefully some more buckets.

      • Enoc

        Damn Right! BG has been in a shooting slump since he arrived in DET

  10. Jo-El

    I don’t know if the situation with Rip is still redeemable at this point. I laud Tay for being as professional about the turmoil involving Q and his old teammate. Dumars has to do something to keep him in Detroit for a couple more years. At least until Daye finally becomes a more consistent player. Kudos to Big Ben as well for suiting up for the injured Charlie V. Maybe Q should try benching BG and playing Rip for a while just to see which scheme works better. But it should have been done earlier in order to give more time to think about who to trade come trading deadline. As it is now, it looks like Rip will be traded or bought out. When that happens, it will be a sad day for me.

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