Early Tuesday Morning, the Detroit Pistons two-game winning streak came to an end at the hands of the Los Angeles Clippers. The final margin for the night-to-morning affair in L.A was 113-91 in favor of the home team. The margin was exacerbated by a 31-19 third quarter for the Clips.
Through most of the game the Pistons kept it close, but eventually Chris Paul and the rest of the Clippers were able to pull away. Los Angeles was led by Blake Griffin with 18 points, 7 rebounds, 7 assists and 2 steals. Jodie Meeks set the pace for the Pistons with 20 points, 4 assists and 2 steals. Andre Drummond also had a sizeable contribution with a double-double of 18 points and 13 boards.
This loss follows a very busy day of trade rumors swelling from the Detroit Piston front-office with Greg Monroe, Josh Smith, and Brandon Jennings all reportedly on the trading block. This clearly didn’t change any fortunes as the Pistons come home after an excruciating loss. Detroit was not able to handle the Clippers, and eventually the talent differences between the two teams shined through. DeAndre Jordan continues to terrorize the Detroit Pistons, tonight hitting 7-9 shots (with multiple alley-oop dunks) and also contributing 15 rebounds, 1 block and 1 steal.
The moment of the night came when the Clippers were able to create a 12-0 run midway through the third quarter to create distance in the game. The Pistons had a serious issue defensively while attempting to guard the three point line in the period and they struggled mightily until the end. The Clippers were able to manage 50% shooting from three point land, making 12-24 shots from beyond the arc. Detroit had a very rough night from the floor, mustering a pedestrian 42.2% field-goal percentage. The Clippers, on top of the hot three point shooting, were able to conjure up 21 fast break points and a solid 53.8% field-goal percentage from the floor.
The Pistons now come home after their 2-1 road trip out West with two straight at home against the Mavericks and Raptors. The matchup against the Mavs starts at 7:30 PM ET on Wednesday the 17th on radio station 105.1 FM and TV station FSN Detroit. Also keep up with all Detroit Pistons trade rumors regarding the recent trade block announcement here on Detroit Sports Nation.