In what is becoming standard fare for the Detroit Pistons, lackluster play led to a loss against the worst team in the NBA.
Atlanta’s defense quickly took control of the game. As a result, Griffin and Bullock were held to 7 points each while Drummond contributed six in the first quarter. The second quarter looked to be more of the same. Pistons were playing with clear frustration, while the Hawks looked relaxed and in control. Finally, with 1:40 left in the half the Pistons went on a 10-2 run, led by Bullock, and took a one point lead into halftime.
In the third, Atlanta hit the floor looking to take control and did almost immediately. The Pistons spent the half attempting misaligned perimeter shots and flailing around on defense. There was a glimmer of hope as the Pistons had another run to start the fourth, but it was too little, too late. Final: 118-115
- Blake Griffin was 7-21 from behind the arch
- The Pistons defense gave up 118 points to the worst team in the league.
- Both James Ennis and Jameer Nelson looked good in the limited minutes they played, especially considering their limited practice time with the team.
The Pistons limp back home to take on the New Orleans Pelicans Monday, February 12th at 6pm EST