Detroit Pistons snap 12-game home skid


In their first game following the release of Josh Smith, the Detroit Pistons defeated the Indiana Pacers, 119-109, Friday night at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

The win stops Detroit’s 12-game home losing streak and gives them a 6-23 record.

For the first time the Detroit Pistons’s offense looked to have some rhythm to it as they scored a season-high 119 points. Seven Pistons scored in double figures, led by Greg Monroe who had 19 points, 15 rebounds and three steals.

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Brandon Jennings was running the point guard well, had Detroit running early and often, leading to 17 fast-break points.  They even shot a season-high, 55 percent from the floor as all of the players who played, scored.

Andre Drummond chipped in with 20 points despite dealing with foul trouble. Everything went right for Detroit as their bench made a contribution with a season-high 42 points, led by D.J. Augustin who had 14 points and eight assist.

A better flowing offense and a home win? Could it be that all Detroit had to do was dump Josh Smith in order for them to win again?

Not really. This team is still pretty bad and they took on a Pacers team that’s without their star. Besides, it’s just one game against a team that has 10 wins and it’s not a new thing for the Pistons to win one game then lose five or six more.  One game is not enough to determine anything, all we saw as a team trying to save face after releasing one it’s highly paid players.

In the midst of all of the positive things that transpired offensively for the Detroit Pistons, they went a woeful 15-29 from the free-throw line and allowed the Pacers to shoot over 50 percent from the floor while losing the battle on the boards.

But, you have to take the good with the bad at times, the Pacers shot over 50 percent from the floor but, Detroit still forced 18 turnovers and scored a season high 56 points in the paint.

Only time will tell if the Detroit Pistons offensive surge will continue or if it was a once in a blue moon performance. But, enjoy the home win; they have been few and far between for this year’s team.