Pistons End The Heat’s Winning Streak with Hustle and Teamwork

by | Dec 4, 2013 | 10 comments

Brandon Jenning Pistons vs Heat Dec 3 2013

The #Pistons showed themselves and the NBA that they can win on any given night after they beat the defending World Champion Heat on their own floor ending their 10 game winning streak. Detroit was dominant during the 107-97 victory letting the Heat get the lead just once in the game on their first two point as they led by as much as 18 points.  Though the Heat got as close as three late in the fourth the Pistons did something they haven’t done all season…close them out.  And what better team to do it against than the Heat.

Key Points:

  • Brandon Jennings had two very decisive plays that led to this victory.  One, a three-point make from way beyond the arch when the Heat had gotten within three 88-91 to put the Pistons up six.  The other a HUGE, and I mean HUGE steal from LeBron James who didn’t even know he got swiped.  James was still going up for the dunk when Brandon was halfway down the court getting ready to pass it to Monroe for two.


Via NBA.com

  • Jennings finished with 15 points, four steals, five assists.
  • This win was all about teamwork, with seven Pistons in double figures. By far the most complete game since this team was assembled.
  • Very surprised that not a ton of superstar fouls were called in this one, especially being that it was in Miami.
  • A breakout game for Kyle Singler, who led the Pistons with 18 point. More importantly his three-point shot was dropping. He went 4-of-6 from downtown his last from way back with LeBron guarding him and the shot clock winding down.
  • Great feeling to get this win, but it wasn’t fun watching late in the fourth as the Heat crept back in, especially leading by 18 points.
  • Josh Smith did a heck of a job guarding LeBron James. Pistons fan my complain about his shot selection at time, but he’s been bringing it on the defensive end. Smith finished with 15, a blocked shot (should have been 3), with four assists and four boards.
Josh Smith Pistons vs Heat December 3 2013
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  • Huge start to the game by Andre Drummond who grabbed six boards in the first few minutes of the game. Unfortunately Dre got into early foul trouble limiting his minutes to 19 on the night. Despite the limited time he finished with 10 points and 18 boards.
  • Jonas Jerebko, who been getting more time, scored 7 points all of which seemed to come at the perfect time.
  • If you missed it I’m sorry, the highlights just don’t do this game justice.

Via NBA.com

  • Defense was defiantly the deciding factor in this one.
  • When the Heat got within three I said to myself and twitter, “this is where Mo Cheeks shows he can coach….or not.”
  • Stuckey still being the catalyst on this team.  He finished with 16.
  • If Detroit would have lost you could have looked at the turnovers (18), especially the costly ones late in the game.
  • Greg Monroe as solid as ever with 16, five assists, a steal and two blocked shots.

Andre Drummond Cartoon Quote
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Andre Drummond: “It is a great feeling. We played all 48 (minutes) tonight. We played hard the whole game. We didn’t let up off the gas. We just took advantage of the lead that we had and just kept pushing forward.”

  • Brandon Jennings post game interview via NBA.com

  • I wish we could bask in this one a little longer, but Detroit has to keep it going Wednesday night in Milwaukee.

10 Comments

  1. Julian

    Best game of the year for the new look Pistons. Detroit only took 16 shots from downtown but they made 44% of them. KCP did not take any shots from 3 pt land. Looks like coach Mo is going to keep KCP starting and Stuck coming off the bench in the super 6th man role. Even when they come back from injury, Bynum and Billups will not have major roles on this team anymore. Whether you like Cheeks or not, it could be worse.
    Kidd booted Frank from the Nets coaching staff. That did not take long.

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    • Natalie Sitto

      KCP is coming into his own, I think this lineup is going to stay this way unless things go really bad.

      Reply
  2. edt

    kidd is a dick. Can you say Larry Frank the scapegoat?

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    • Natalie Sitto

      Kidd is a jerk, I agree. They brought Frank in to do the job for Kidd because he has ZERO coaching experience and Kidd couldn’t handle not being in charge.

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      • Jake

        You called Jennings Knight… I think Knight would have just got dunked on trying to block LeBron rather than stealing the ball.

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        • Natalie Sitto

          LOL I can’t believe I did that. Thanks I fixed it.

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          • Jake

            No problem

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  3. dp

    COME ON D!!!!

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  4. Julian

    I agree that KCP will be a starter for the rest of the year and Stuck gives the Pistons a real nice spark off the bench.
    KCP should improve over the course of the season and will very good by playoff time.
    Next W against the Bucks!

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    • Natalie Sitto

      I like that KCP hasn’t stopped shooting even though his shot wasn’t there. I hope these last few games gave him a ton of confidence.

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