A shorthanded Western Conference contender, the Phoenix Suns, dominated the Detroit Pistons with big nights from Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.
Why it Matters
Detroit, who came off a win against the Charlotte Hornets, lacked the energy and execution necessary to compete against the Suns. The pick-and-roll play of Ayton and Chris Paul was too much for the Pistons to handle, leading to easy buckets at the rim.
Pistons vs. Suns By the Numbers
- Deandre Ayton led all scorers with 31 points and 16 rebounds
- Mikal Bridges added 24 points
- Chris Paul dished out 14 assists
- Saddiq Bey led the Pistons with 25 points
- Bojan Bogdanovic contributed 23 points
- Isaiah Stewart had 17 points and nine rebounds
What they're saying
- “It was huge because they set the tone,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said.
- “It’s a great lesson that you don’t have to score to have an impact on the game,” Casey said.
The Bottom Line
Detroit struggled to keep up with the Phoenix Suns, leading to their loss in the back-to-back game. The Suns' pick-and-roll play and low-post touch by Ayton were too much for the Pistons to handle. The team will need to improve their communication and defense to compete with the top teams in the league.
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