In typical championship fashion, the San Antonio Spurs used precision spacing and dizzying ball movement in rolling to a 104-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night.
After experiencing intermittent struggles on the defensive end over the past week, the Pistons battled with San Antonio early, holding the Spurs to just 20 first quarter points. However, Detroit’s offense sputtered, scoring just 39 first half points, three of which came on a half-court buzzer beater from backup point guard John Lucas III.
The Spurs flexed their muscle early in the third quarter, driving, drawing, dishing, and rotating their way to 34 points in the frame and building a double digit lead that would stand until the final horn.
A predictable level and steadied attack saw 11 Spurs enter the score book tonight, led by Danny Green’s 19 points.
The Pistons got a combined 42 points out of their starting backcourt as D.J. Augustin and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 22 and 20 points, respectively. The frontcourt, meanwhile, was rendered ineffective for the majority of the evening. Greg Monroe posted just 6 points and 6 rebounds while Andre Drummond contributed 10 and 9.
With the loss, the Pistons now head into the All-Star break trailing the Charlotte Hornets for the final playoff spot in the East by two full games.
Key Notes & Observations
- No Spurs player registered more than 32 minutes tonight.
- John Lucas III made the most of his 12 minutes off the bench, scoring 9 points and dishing 6 assists
- D.J. Augustin also dished 6 assists, but committed 5 turnovers in the process.
- Uncharacteristically, the Pistons were severely outrebounded as a team (45-36)
Next Game: Friday, Feb. 20; Detroit Pistons vs. Chicago Bulls; 7:30 p.m., FSD