There would be no dramatic comeback this night. After falling behind by ten points early in the first quarter, the Detroit Pistons could not muster the energy to fight back as they did in recent come-from-behind victories over the Cavaliers, Spurs, and Raptors. Instead, the New Orleans Pelicans would steadily grow their lead until it hit 24 points, before ultimately cruising to a 105-94 win.
The Pelicans wasted no time in delivering a crushing blow, out-rebounding the Pistons 15-2 in the second stanza and doubling them up on the scoresheet for the quarter by a 36-18 margin. Little used backup guard Jimmer Fredette came off the bench and supplied 8 key points for the Pelicans in the second frame, twice converted on three point plays after drawing the Pistons’ D.J. Augustin skyward.
A well-balanced Pelicans attack spelled doom for the Pistons as seven different players scored eight or more points, led by Anthony Davis, who powered to 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 4 blocks.
In all, the Pelicans outrebounded the Pistons 47-30 as Detroit mustered just three offensive rebounds all evening. Their inability to rebound also negatively effected their running game, as they were held under 10 fast break points until a late handful of running tallies in the fourth.
Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 19 points, but on just 4-12 shooting.
The Pistons now move to 9-2 in their last eleven games.
Key Notes & Observations
- Andre Drummond was absolutely dominated in his head-to-head matchup with Anthony Davis. In 22 minutes, Drummond delivered just 2 points and 2 rebounds. One must wonder if he is still affected by his recent illness.
Next Game: Friday, Jan. 16; Detroit Pistons @ Indiana Pacers; 7:00 p.m., FSD