Pistons’ ‘best defensive effort’ garners win over Spurs


Anthony Tolliver talks about a Pistons’ win over a Spurs.
Rod Beard, The Detroit News

Detroit — The Pistons weren’t going to let it occur again.

In a initial assembly this deteriorate conflicting a Spurs, in San Antonio on Dec. 4, they had a nine-point lead in a third entertain and let it trip away.

No quip this time.

The Pistons had one of their best defensive performances of a season, holding a Spurs to a season-low in points, holding an considerable 93-79 feat on Saturday night during Little Caesars Arena, for their sixth win in a final 8 games.

The feat also was their initial over a Spurs given Jan. 6, 2015, violation a six-game losing strain in a head-to-head series.

BOX SCORE: Pistons 93, Spurs 79

The Pistons (20-15) did it with their defense, holding Kawhi Leonard to 18 points and LaMarcus Aldridge to 15 — a usually dual Spurs starters who reached double figures.

“No doubt it was (our best defensive game). We usually played so hard. The start of a diversion was a accurate conflicting of what we brought a other night in Orlando,” Pistons manager Stan Van Gundy said. “What we talked about after a diversion is we set a tinge in both games. When we let a group get rolling early, afterwards even when we try to play improved and harder, a certainty is falling.”

The haven unit, led by rookie Luke Kennard’s season-high 20 points, incited things around from their 3-for-22 opening in Thursday’s detriment during Orlando and went 10-of-24 from a field, sparked by Kennard’s 7-of-12, with 4-of-5 on 3-pointers.

Reggie Bullock buoyed a starters with a career-best 22 points, going 4-of-7 over a arc. It was needed, as a Pistons were brief on wings, with Stanley Johnson (strained hip flexor) sitting out and thinning a dais corps.


Stan Van Gundy talks about a Pistons’ win over a San Antonio Spurs.
Rod Beard, The Detroit News

Andre Drummond combined 14 points, 21 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 steals for a Pistons, who have won 4 true during home.

“It was a group effort; everybody we put in done a contribution. we told them in a locker room there were a lot of particular performances and we wasn’t going to singular anybody out,” Van Gundy said. “It all stemmed from a defensive bid — that’s where all came from. We played intensely tough and if we go out and put that most into a game, we can live with a results, one approach or another.

“Our guys brought a common power and bid to unequivocally go out and battle.”

The Pistons had a 7-2 emanate mid by a third entertain and pushed their lead to 57-47 during a 5:15 mark. Bryn Forbes (10 points) strike a integrate jumpers in a final mins to assistance a Spurs (25-14) trim a lead to 63-57 entering a fourth.

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