The site of the team's first victory of the season, the Pistons took the court on Monday night in Philadelphia looking to grab their third road win of the season. In an entertaining back-and-forth game, and one that was two or three Pistons stops away from a win, it was the 76ers that got the "W" by a final score of 97-104. With the Pistons future franchise pillars Brandon Knight
and Greg Monroe each putting up 22 points, there were solid takeaways from Monday night's contest. But the Pistons were never able to come up with an answer to the 76ers pick and roll offense that saw point guard Jrue Holiday score 21 second half buckets on his way to a game-high 25 points.
At the half the Pistons were leading 49-46, but a slow second-half start to the tune of a 76ers 14-0 run had the Pistons reaching for an answer of their own. With Greg Monroe scoring seven points in the midst of an 8-0 Pistons run, the game's punch-for-punch second half trend had been set as the Pistons were down only one at the start of the fourth. Greg Monroe finished the third quarter with nine points, but was matched as Jrue Holiday put in nine of his own. Their second-half scoring tie was broken in the fourth quarter however, as Holiday went off for 12 points to Monroe's two.
Lawrence Frank talked about his team's troubles with wrangling Holiday, and their troubles in general in the fourth quarter:
"He (Holiday) got away from us a couple of times," coach Lawrence Frank said after the game. "We had some great looks at the rim that unfortunately didn't go our way. We just have to be cleaner."
For the most part the Pistons had played a "clean" game. But a missed opportunity to double the hot-handed Holiday with under 90-seconds is one of those spots that Frank no-doubt feels needs "cleaning." Holiday used a pick at the top of the key, and as Charlie Villanueva
momentarily stayed to help teammate Rodney Stuckey
, Charlie V. switched back to his man. Leaving Holiday with just enough room to knock down a deep, two-point dagger that put the 76ers up five points with less than a minute to play.
Ultimately, the game came down to the Pistons allowing the 76ers too many high-percentage looks. Undersized compared to the Pistons, the 76ers got the better of the Pistons in the paint outscoring them by a count of 42-50. The 76ers shot over fifty-percent on the night, and the Pistons allowed 58 points in the second half. The Pistons effort was there for 48 minutes, but the 23 assist tally that the 76ers boasted resulted in one or two more quality possessions in what was truly a "possession" game.
Rodney Stuckey (DET) continued his strong play off the bench with 19 points and five assists in 31 minutes on the floor.
Tayshaun Prince (DET) scored 16 points on a fifty-percent, 6-for-12 shooting night.
Evan Turner (PHI) had 18 points, seven assists, and 11 rebounds in a strong effort for the 76ers.
Thaddeus Young (PHI) added 20 points for the 76ers frontcourt, with four rebounds and five steals.
Spence Hawes (PHI) came off the bench for a strong low-post effort with 15 points on a 7-for-14 shooting night, and eight rebounds in 32 minutes on the floor.
, Brandon Knight
, Charlie Villanueva
, Detroit Pistons
, Evan Turner
, Greg Monroe
, Jrue Holiday
, Lawrence Frank
, Rodney Stuckey
, Spence Hawes
, Tayshaun Prince
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