The Pistons have seen plenty of leads come and go this season, games won and lost in both down to the wire fashion and blow-out style. But this season the elation of victory and heartbreak of loss has been contained to the regulation, 48 minute game. Well, at least before the Pistons traveled to play the Brooklyn Nets
on Friday night. The Pistons had a chance to close it out in regulation on Friday night, then had the last shot to close out the first overtime, but after two overtimes, the Pistons had lost 107-105 on a game-winning, 22-foot buzzer-beater from the Nets' Joe Johnson.
The buzzer-beater sealed it, but the game was lost in regulation. With 1:32 left on the clock the Pistons were leading the game 90-84. The Pistons blanked on three-straight possessions with a Tayshaun Prince turnover, a Greg Monroe
missed lay-up, and Brandon Knight missed jump shot. Needing six points, the Nets saw a layup from Deron Williams, two Gerald Wallace free throws, and an unblocked Gerald Wallace tip-in off a Nets miss with 20.6 seconds left in the game. The score was 90-90 as overtime began.
In overtime, Rodney Stuckey
was huge for the Pistons. With both the Pistons and Nets scoring 10 points in the first, five-minute period, Stuckey had six of the Pistons's 10 points. But in a sign of "things to come," Joe Johnson knocked down an eight-foot jump shot over Tayshaun Prince to score the Nets' 10th overtime point; sending the game to a second five minute overtime period at 100-100.
The Nets didn't score a basket in the second overtime until nearly four minutes had run off the clock, unfortunately the Pistons only scored three points during the Nets' mini-drought. Gerald Wallace scored the Nets' first points of the second overtime, making a quick three-footer with 1:06 left on the clock. After that, it was all Joe Johnson.
Johnson first made his move off a crossover of Tayshaun Prince into a quick six-foot jump shot. Immediately after, Greg Monroe
was fouled and sent to the line where he missed two free throws.Then after a Nets timeout, Johnson drove on Prince, was fouled and sent to the line. Johnson calmly knocked down two free-throws and the Nets were leading 103-105. Kyle Singler tied it up at 105-105 with 0:05 seconds left on a offensive rebound, put-back. The stage was set for Johnson as the Nets called timeout for the last possession.
Just as he'd done to take it into the second overtime, Johnson was in an "iso" set and recognized the cushion that Tayshaun Prince was giving him. Johnson crossed-over Prince, and given the opportunity to play with the ball and get himself in rhythm, Johnson knocked down a 23-footer at the buzzer to put down the Pistons 105-107.
Calling Friday night a "tough loss" is an understatement, but the Pistons will have to find a way to get themselves back together for a Saturday night match-up with the Indiana Pacers. The Pistons take on the Pacers at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
Brandon Knight had 22 points, five assists, and five rebounds.
Greg Monroe had 17 points and eight rebounds.
Tayshaun Prince had a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds.
Andre Drummond had eight points, and nine rebounds in 18 minutes of play.
Jason Maxiell had 13 points, and two rebounds in 38 minutes of play.
Rodney Stuckey had 19 points, three assists, and six rebounds in 40 minutes of play off the bench.
Tags: Andre Drummond
, Brooklyn Nets
, Detroit Pistons
, Greg Monroe
, Jason Maxiell
, Rodney Stuckey
, Tayshaun Prince