Detroit Pistons are no match for hot-shooting San Antonio Spurs in 109-99 loss
The Pistons seemed to have an advantage Monday night, with the San Antonio Spurs back to back on the second night of one. The pistons were rested after not playing since Saturday.
The Spurs showed no signs of fatigue or deterioration after their loss in Philadelphia on Sunday. In fact, they seemed better adjusted and got hot from the field and the 3-point line.
They got control in the third quarter and drove that hot shootout to a 109-99 win on Monday night at Little Caesars Arena.
Josh Jackson had 15 points, Jerami Grant 14 points and Rodney McGruder, a surprise starter, added 13 points for the Pistons (10-29), who lost their fourth game in a row. McGruder started for Wayne Ellington, who was plagued by a groin problem.
In the third quarter, the Spurs shot 67% (14 out of 21) from the field and 4 out of 5 from outside the arc. The Butts seemed to have no defensive response, and although they shot 59% on field goals, they were outscored 65:55 in the quarter.
“You can’t let a team shoot 70% when we’re trying to build a defensive, game-intensive culture,” said Pistons manager Dwane Casey. “It’s mental hardship for 48 minutes. You can’t do it for a minute and think you did it. “
Box Score: Spurs 109, Piston 99
The Spurs (20-16) had a 10-point lead at halftime and the Pistons tried to open the third quarter with a 3-pointer from Saddiq Bey, but the Spurs responded with two free throws from Jakob Poeltl and back-to-back – Baskets by Derrick White, the second being a three point game for a 66-53 lead.
Later in the period, the Spurs had another run with a dunk from Devin Vassell (13 points) and an 8-1 sprint with a 3-pointer and drive from Rudy Gay to push the lead over 20. They finished the quarter with a summer beating lift from Lonnie Walker IV (11 points) for a 95-75 lead in fourth place.
“We are a cutting team, a driver team that has to get out now in transition,” said Casey.
The Pistons had an 8-2 run early in the closing stages but the Spurs finished it off easily, with the last of four 3-pointers from Patty Mills finishing with 14 points.
Grant had a nasty fall after crashing on a drive to the edge late in the third quarter. He wanted to land on his hip and stayed down for a few moments, but he was able to return to the bench area; However, he did not return to the game.
“He’s fine; I think he could have come back,” Casey said.