The Pistons reached a new low Saturday night, falling to the formerly one-win 76ers in overtime, 108-101. The Pistons have now lost 11 consecutive games and their 3-17 start to the season is the worst in franchise history.
Philadelphia’s Hollis Thompson connected on a game-tying three pointer with 13 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. The Pistons’ subsequent possession featured guard Brandon Jennings dribbling out the clock before having a fallaway 20 foot jumper blocked as time expired.
In overtime, both teams lived up to their billing as the worst shooting clubs in the NBA, missing their first 10 field goals combined. After a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope free throw gave Detroit a one point lead, Philly answered with a Henry Sims jumper and Nerlens Noel layup, give the 76ers a three point lead with 29 seconds remaining.
The Pistons went for broke out of a time-out. Caldwell-Pope attempted two quick three point attempts, missing both and essentially wrapping the game in Philly’s favor.
After beginning their season by losing their first 17 games, Philadelphia has now won two of three.
Josh Smith led the Pistons with 23 points. The Sixers, meanwhile, were led by offensive force Michael Carter-Williams, who scored 20 points, grabbed 8 rebounds, and dished 15 assists.
Key Notes & Observations
- The Pistons missed all 11 of their field goal attempts in overtimes. Both teams were 2-18 in OT altogether.
- Philadelphia’s Robert Covington, product of the D-League’s mega-uptempo Rio Grande Vipers, broke out for 25 points off the bench, his best game as a pro.
- If there’s a bright side, it appears as though Kyle Singler is beginning to believe. He scored 21 tonight and did not hesitate to fire at will. The 40% three point shooter hit 8-14 shots overall and 3-5 from deep.
- The Pistons franchise record for consecutive futility is now officially in jeopardy. Their next seven opponents: Thunder, Trail Blazers, Suns, Kings, Clippers, Mavericks, Raptors.
Next Game: Oklahoma City Thunder @ Detroit Pistons; Sunday, Dec. 7 – 6:00 p.m., FSD