Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Nets hold off Pistons, 103-99

Nets, Pistons

Brook Lopez scored 20 points and Andray Blatche added 15 as the playoff-bound Brooklyn Nets held off the Detroit Pistons 103-99 on Wednesday night.

Kris Humphries had 11 points and Joe Johnson added 10 for Brooklyn, winners of two straight. The Nets wrapped up their first regular season after leaving New Jersey and will open their first playoff series in six years at home against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

However, the Pistons scored the game's last 11 points, capped by Kim English's free throw with 53 seconds to go. Brooklyn then committed an 8-second violation, but the Pistons missed their final three shots.

Will Bynum had 23 points for the Pistons, who snapped a four-game winning streak. Andre Drummond scored 13 points and Greg Monroe added 12 points and 12 rebounds. Detroit will miss the playoffs for the fourth straight season, totaling 201 losses in that stretch.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Pistons win home finale, 109-101 over 76ers

Greg Monroe had 27 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons made the most of their home finale by beating the Philadelphia 76ers 109-101 on Monday night.

Detroit outscored the 76ers 33-21 in the third quarter.

It was the 36th double-double of the season for Monroe, equaling the most by a Piston since Grant Hill had 44 in 1995-96. Hill also had 36 the following two seasons.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Pistons drubbed the Bobcats 113-93

Detroit Pistons, Charlotte Bobcats, NBA, Kemba Walker, Jonas Jerebko, Andre Drummond

Jonas Jerebko led Detroit Pistons with 21 points and 17 of those he made in the first half, as the Detroit Pistons routed the Charlotte Bobcats 113-93.

Detroit went 12 of 18 from 3-point range, with Brandon Knight making all three of his attempts. Knight scored 19 points. Kemba Walker scored 24 in the first half for the Bobcats but finished with only 28.

Will Bynum had 15 points and 10 assists for Detroit. Rookie Andre Drummond had 15 points and nine rebounds but appeared to hurt his right ankle late in the game.

Detroit has won three in a row for only the second time all season. The Pistons had a four-game winning streak snapped by Charlotte in January.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Drummond, Monroe lead Pistons past Cavs 111-104

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Andre Drummond scored a career-high 29 points and the Pistons won a second straight game for the first time in two months as the Pistons beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 111-104. Monroe scored 23 points and Rodney Stuckey added 18.

Kyrie Irving scored 27 points for the Cavs.

Pistons point guard Jose Calderon, the league's leading three-point shooter, missed his second straight game with a strained triceps. He's averaging 11.6 points a game since being acquired from Toronto.

Monday, April 8, 2013

Pistons end 18-game losing streak to Bulls

Brandon Knight scored 20 points Sunday night to help the Pistons end an 18-game losing streak against the Bulls with a 99-85 victory. The loss dropped Chicago two games behind Brooklyn in the race for the fourth seed and a chance to host a first-round series in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Jonas Jerebko added 17 points and a season-high nine rebounds for the Pistons, who also ended an eight-game home skid.

The Bulls led by as many as 11 points in the first quarter but Detroit gradually caught up and took the lead in the second after starting the period on a 12-4 run.

The Pistons took a 50-46 lead to intermission and pushed it to as many as 10 in the third quarter. Knight scored a dozen points in the period, including a 3-pointer that killed Chicago's last good chance at getting close. Detroit scored the first four points of the fourth and never let the Bulls get closer than 10 points the rest of the night.

Rodney Stuckey, starting in place of injured point guard Jose Calderon, had 14 points and rookie Andre Drummond, who shot airballs on two late free throws in a one-point loss at Chicago on March 31, added 10 rebounds for Detroit.

Carlos Boozer had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulls, who played without leading scorer Luol Deng. Coach Tom Thibodeau wasn't feeling sorry for his team, which has been missing former league MVP Derrick Rose all season.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Detroit run short lost to the Celtics 98-93

Pistons, Celtics, Greg monroe, Rodney Stuckey

Pistons made a run in the second half, but due to missed oppurtunities and missed easy layups they lost a winable game to the Cetlics 98-93.

Greg Monroe had a double double with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Rodney Stuckey scored 22 points, while Jonas Jerebko had a good game with 19 points 2 from deep three. Charlie Villanueva had a horrible night scoring  just 4 points 2-17, and 0-8 from behind the arc.

Boston was led by Jeff Green with 34 points.

The Celtics led by as many as 18 points before the Pistons scored the final 11 points of the third quarter and opened the fourth with Jonas Jerebko's three-point play. Boston went into another scoring slump late in the fourth, going 2 minutes, 9 seconds without a point while Detroit cut a 93-87 deficit down to two points.

But Green hit a 3-pointer from the left corner to give Boston a 96-91 lead. After Monroe got free for an easy dunk on an inbounds play, Jason Terry missed; Charlie Villanueva, who went 2 for 17 from the floor and missed all eight 3-point attempts, missed from beyond the arc for Detroit.

Boston Celtics vs Detroit Pistons

Pistons missing easy layups....