The Pistons (30-52) finished the season on a high note as they defeated the playoff bound Philadelphia 76ers (41-41). Not that the game really mattered for the 76ers as they prepare for their first round clash with the Miami Heat on Saturday afternoon. The 76ers were resting some key players and looking ahead to the playoffs, not very surprising as the Pistons rested some of their key players as well. Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince didn’t even crack 30 minutes of playing time.
This game was nothing special as both teams were simply going through the motions and truly looked liked two teams who had nothing to play for. Rodney Stuckey saw plenty of action tonight (43 minutes worth) and made the most of it, scoring 29 points on 9 of 15 shooting. He also dished out 8 assists. Ben Gordon, Jason Maxiell and DaJuan Summers each scored 10 points off the bench and were key players in the Pistons victory.
The Pistons won their 30th game of the year (only their 9th road victory) which secured their 11th place finish in the Eastern Conference.
The game started off well for the Pistons as they jumped out to an early 13-4 lead, which was sparked by a 9-0 run. The 76ers scrapped their way back into the contest, but the Pistons closed out the quarter with an 8-0 run to establish a 5 point lead after one.
The second quarter was not pretty for the Pistons as they committed 5 turnovers and played poor basketball, luckily Rodney Stuckey scored the last 6 points for the Pistons to keep them within striking distance as they only trailed by 4 at halftime.
The third quarter was all Pistons as they wasted little time in erasing the halftime deficit, scoring 5 consecutive points and taking control of the game. The Pistons built up a 10 point lead with only 30 seconds left in the quarter, but the 76ers capitalized on mental mistakes made by the Pistons to cut the lead to 6.
The fourth quarter had about as much excitement as you could expect from such a lack luster game, at least the score indicated a pressure packed game. Unfortunately all the pressure goes out the window when there is nothing on the line, it felt like I was watching a pre-season game. Back on topic, the 76ers executed better for the first part of the 4th quarter and pulled to within one. The game remained tight at 97-97 until Stuckey broke the deadlock with only 1:49 left in the game. The Pistons made things interesting down the stretch as they went 3 for 6 at the free throw line.
They always make things interesting and they never seem to know how to throw the knockout punch, I have high hopes this team will make the right moves in the off-season. If they can make some good moves, then this team has a chance at making the playoffs. All it takes is 40 wins to make the playoffs in the East, is that really too much to ask for?
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Written by Colton Turnquist
I have been an avid sports fan my entire life and even pursued a professional sports career in golf. I played professionally for three and half years trying to make it on the PGA Tour, but never broke through. I want to stay involved with sports and what better way than writing about them!