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.
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.
A couple has been posted to your Facebook feed.
- 1 of 10
- 2 of 10
- 3 of 10
- 4 of 10
- 5 of 10
- 6 of 10
- 7 of 10
- 8 of 10
- 9 of 10
- 10 of 10
The Spurs got within 4 on a lay-in by Pau Gasol though over a subsequent five-plus minutes, a Pistons put a diversion away, with an 18-6 run. Kennard had 10 points during a stretch, including a span of 3-pointers. Tobias Harris (12 points and 6 rebounds and 5 assists) and Bullock combined 4 points each, boosting a lead to 83-65 with 5:29 remaining.
Ish Smith (18 points and 4 assists) continued to demeanour gentle in his second start of a season, subbing for Reggie Jackson, who is out for 6-8 weeks since of a serious ankle sprain.
The Pistons usually had 12 players dressed for a game, with Avery Bradley, Reggie Jackson, Johnson and Jon Leuer all out with injuries. That usually done room for a pot to make their mark.
“It’s an event for players who haven’t played to be means to get an event to go out there and uncover what they’re able of doing,” Bullock said. “Obviously, everybody on this group is a good player. It’s all about when your series is called, being ready.”