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Detroit Pistons win fourth straight home game

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I started watching tonight’s game with doubt, dispair, and expecting another loss. What happened on Saturday night against the visiting Denver Nuggets surprised me a bunch.

The Pistons played with swagger, they played defense when they had to, and they played together.

In the first, Denver led 14-4 early behind 3′s by Wilson Chandler and Randy Foye. However, the Pistons fought back as Brandon Jennings got engaged, Josh Smith was operating in the low post, and Andre Drummond was active on the glass. The Pistons led 30-29 after one quarter of play and Drummond had nine rebounds in the quarter.

The Nuggets opened up a 44-38 lead in the second quarter behind back-to-back buckets by Evan Fournier and Quincy Miller. Foye threw an alley-oop to Kenneth Faried then knocked down a triple for a 55-48 Nuggets lead. Then, Jennings went to work.

Jennings found Drummond for a dunk, found a cutting Kyle Singler for an easy layup, found Smith for a jam, and he hit back-to-back triples to excite the Palace crowd. Jennings’ spurt helped give the Pistons a 65-61 lead argyle half.

The Pistons opened up a 90-75 lead in the third behind more Jennings. Jennings set up Drummond for a dunk, found Greg Monroe for a layup, knocked down a pull up jumper, then he was fouled on a 3 by Darrell Arthur and knocked down all three free throws. Jennings came back on the next possession and knocked down another triple for a 93-77 lead.

He ended the third on a pass to Monroe for a slam and the Pistons led 97-86 after three.

Now when the game entered the fourth quarter, I immediately thought, “Oh man, here we go. They’ll blow it in the fourth. They always do.” Not tonight.

Denver got to within 103-92 but Rodney Stuckey converted an And-1 to make it 106-92. The Nuggets came right back on an 8-0 run to cut it to 106-100 on a Fournier jumper, but Smith had a hook shot, Stuckey had a jumper, and Drummond had a steal while jumping the passing lane and finished an acrobatic layup on the break for a 112-102 lead with 4:48 to play.

Stuckey had a layup and a jumper before Jennings came back in to fins uh what he started. He stripped Foye and got an easy layup in transition, then he knocked down back-to-back 3′s and that was it. The Pistons won the fourth quarter 29-23 and the game itself 126-109. The 126 points were a season high for the Pistons this season.

Jennings recorded 35 points and 12 assists to become the first Piston to record those numbers since Isiah Thomas in 1988. Smith had 30, 10 boards, and eight assists, Drummond had 18 and 15 rebounds, and Stuckey had all 19 of the Pistons’ bench points.

For one night at least, the summer free agent signings if Jennings and Smith looked very, very nice. Both players scoring 30 and recording double-doubles. Denver is in slouch team. The Nuggets are a team in the thick of the playoff race in the Western Conference and the Pistons have had their troubles in the fourth quarter, against Western Conference opponents, and at home this season. Tonight, they conquered all three problems.

For the playoff crowd, the Pistons are now only .5 game back of the Charlotte Bobcats for the 8 seed in the Eastern Conference.

-Ky Carlin

Twitter: @Ky_Carlin/@gettinbuckets91

@detsportsnation

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About Ky Carlin

Detroit Pistons and Michigan Wolverines basketball beat writer along with being the host of the radio show "Gettin Buckets". Basketball fanatic who spends most of my spare time looking at stats and watching YouTube highlights. Follow me on twitter @gettinbuckets91.

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27 Comments

  1. Kymberlee Parker-Young

    February 8, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    Man, does the East stink or what? :/

  2. Jesse Lee Shively

    February 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    What “fans” wouldn’t want them to make it.. This team is better than they get credit for when they play together.

  3. Adrian VanderMolen

    February 8, 2014 at 10:45 pm

    Those 2 games against bobcats are going to be big!!

  4. Adam Radlick

    February 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    They dont need to make the playoffs. They need to tank so they do not lose their 1st round draft pick.

  5. Frank Borke

    February 8, 2014 at 10:46 pm

    A lot of haters hatin until we make the playoffs, then everyone’s gonna be like “Go Pistons! I always believed.” Fairweather “fans.” I’m a Pistons fan forever, no matter what

  6. Ken Baum

    February 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    I dont want to use the word tank but if they miss the playoffs i think its going to be better than playing 4 games and getting a whoppin from the Heat or Pacers.

  7. Adam Radlick

    February 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    What good does it do us if we make the Playoffs in the TERRIBLE east? We will get swept by Miami or Indiana.

  8. Scott Smith

    February 8, 2014 at 10:47 pm

    Not a big hoops fan but I hope they make it!

  9. Gary LaBelle II

    February 8, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    They might beat the pacers the way they been playing..

  10. Robert Hoover

    February 8, 2014 at 10:49 pm

    If they had a great coach they would be a 3 or 4 seed

  11. Tristin Samoa Joe Mckinstry

    February 8, 2014 at 10:50 pm

    The team with the single season record for worst win percentage is doing better than us. Wow

  12. Adam Radlick

    February 8, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Wow some of you are very dillusional. …be 3 or 4 seed with a different coach? Beat the Pacers. Are you guys watching the same team?

  13. Josh Preston

    February 8, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    They would win a home game against either of those teams

  14. Leif Jamie Forcia Jr

    February 8, 2014 at 11:28 pm

    We match up nicely against the heat and the pacers. I wouldn’t be 100% shocked if we gave them a run for their money

  15. Steve Davey

    February 8, 2014 at 11:29 pm

    Keep it up

  16. Chris Sparling

    February 9, 2014 at 12:12 am

    Shane Nelson

  17. Mike Arnold

    February 9, 2014 at 12:21 am

    Kewl a home game lmao…they would still lose in the 1st round, accomplish nothing, and lose their 1st round draft pick next season….but hey at least you get the one home win (that’s a maybe)..Pacers would sweep them, Pistons would win 1 vs the heat

  18. Mike Arnold

    February 9, 2014 at 12:22 am

    If pistons make the playoffs they would get swept by the Pacers and maybe get 1 game vs the heat….they would accomplish nothing except make the playoffs with a losing record, get beat, lose their draft pick and again lose in the 1st rnd

  19. Mike Arnold

    February 9, 2014 at 12:23 am

    Ur drunk, go home

  20. Donny Bos

    February 9, 2014 at 12:40 am

    Go Pistons

  21. Jeremy Cox

    February 9, 2014 at 10:24 am

    They need to stop winning, keep that draft pick, in the best draft since the Lebron draft.

  22. Harold Boyd

    February 9, 2014 at 11:02 am

    The pistons will not lose their first round pick. Can’t condone tanking

  23. Tom Wilson

    February 9, 2014 at 11:45 am

    Pistons won at the Pacers and at the Heat this year.So I hope those teams would have home court against uis…

  24. Draeshawn Lundy

    February 9, 2014 at 11:47 am

    Loose so they can get a Good Draft Pick !!

  25. Brandon Grauf

    February 9, 2014 at 1:40 pm

    Draeshawn we traded our first rounder, its probably top 5 protected or something, but i doubt we finish that bad.

  26. Brandon Grauf

    February 9, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    The real question is who is going to be our coach now?

  27. Go Blue

    February 9, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    lets go playoffs, lets go . draft picks do nothing .