RECAP: Detroit Pistons Outplayed by Phoenix Suns 116-100 in Back-to-Back Game

A shorthanded Western Conference contender, the Phoenix Suns, dominated the Detroit Pistons with big nights from Deandre Ayton and Mikal Bridges.

Detroit Pistons

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

Pistons vs. the Phoenix Suns
  • 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.

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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.

Remaining Games on the Detroit Pistons Schedule

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Feb 12, 2023at Toronto3:00 pmScotiabank Arena
Feb 15, 2023at Boston7:30 pmTD Garden
Feb 23, 2023at Orlando7:00 pmAmway Center
Feb 25, 2023Toronto12:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Feb 27, 2023at Charlotte7:00 pmSpectrum Center
Mar 1, 2023Chicago7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 4, 2023at Cleveland7:30 pmRocket Mortgage Fieldhouse
Mar 7, 2023Portland7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 9, 2023Charlotte7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 11, 2023Indiana7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 13, 2023Indiana7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 14, 2023at Washington7:00 pmCapital One Arena
Mar 16, 2023Denver7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 19, 2023Miami6:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 21, 2023at Atlanta7:30 pmState Farm Arena
Mar 24, 2023at Toronto7:30 pmScotiabank Arena
Mar 27, 2023Milwaukee7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Mar 29, 2023at Oklahoma City8:00 pmPaycom Center
Mar 31, 2023at Houston8:00 pmToyota Center
Apr 2, 2023at Orlando6:00 pmAmway Center
Apr 4, 2023Miami7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Apr 5, 2023Brooklyn7:00 pmLittle Caesars Arena
Apr 7, 2023at Indiana7:00 pmGainbridge Fieldhouse
Apr 9, 2023at Chicago1:00 pmUnited Center
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