The Detroit Pistons were in Miami. They were on the road, taking on a team on a historic streak, and facing the best player on the planet. Safe to say things didn’t go their way.
They did get off to a good start. Jose Calderon played well against Mario Chalmers and Greg Monroe did his normal work in the paint. The Pistons had good ball movement to start as Calderon and Kyle Singler got open looks.
Calderon had 16 and six assists and Monroe had 14 and seven rebounds at halftime. The Pistons led 54-51 at the half. However, Detroit’s lead would’ve been larger if it wasn’t for back-to-back 3’s by Chalmers and Dwyane Wade.
To start the 2nd half, Monroe had a jumper and Jason Maxiell had a thunderous put back slam off a Calderon miss. Detroit was up 59-52. Then Wade and LeBron James had enough.
Wade had a layup, a jumper, and a dunk followed by a James jumper. Miami was up 60-59. After two minutes of no scoring, Jonas Jerebko had two free throws to put the Pistons up 63-61. Then Kim English committed a bone headed foul on Shane Battier on a 3.
After a Singler jumper to give the Pistons the lead back, James just stepped back for 3 to put the Heat in front 67-65. Singler put Detroit up 68-67 but James found Battier for 3 and he had a layup to out Miami up 73-68 after three.
In the 4th, the Pistons couldn’t get the stops necessary to get a win. Wade put Miami up 75-68, Monroe answered with a layup, Battier then had a layup, Monroe again answered with a shot of his own. Norris Cole found Chris Andersen for a layup then Will Bynum had a runner in the lane. James found Andersen for a slam then Rodney Stuckey hit two free throws. Cole had a layup then a steal and a jam for an 85-76 lead and the Heat cruised from there.
The Pistons spirit was broken as James, Wade, and Chris Bosh got whatever they wanted. Detroit fell 103-89 for their 10th straight loss and for the Heat, their 25th straight win. That’s the 2nd longest in NBA history.
Monroe led Detroit with 23 points, 15 rebounds, and six assists. Calderon had 18 and Singler also had 18.
Overall, the effort was there. After getting blown out the last couple of games, including an embarrassing 37 point home loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, the Pistons came out and competed. They just didn’t have enough. No Brandon Knight and Andre Drummond once again hurt them.
Knight could come back tomorrow as the Pistons travel to face the Charlotte Bobcats, but with the way they’re playing I don’t think it will help that much. I honestly wouldn’t be surprised if the Pistons didn’t win another game the rest of the season.