Detroit 88, Los Angeles Clippers 87

  • Another game, another season-high win streak. The Pistons have now won seven in a row.
  • Great play by Allen Iverson for the game-winning basket with just 4.9 seconds left. Despite pretty poor shot selection en route to making 7-of-22, Iverson passed up a 3-pointer and drove for the winning basket. Iverson admitted he couldn’t find a rhythm, but a lot of that came from his decisions to take shots of rhythm.
  • Just as importantly, nice defense by Tayshaun Prince on Eric Gordon’s final shot. Because Gordon didn’t have enough time to drive to the basket, smart move to have Prince and his long arms challenge Gordon’s jumper.
  • Antonio McDyess played for the first time in three games, suffering with bruised ribs. He looked tentative early and hyperextended his left pinkie. But he was instrumental in the Pistons pulling out the win down the stretch. He grabbed 12 of his 15 rebounds in the fourth quarter, played good man-to-man defense and chipped in six points.
  • Rodney Stuckey challenged Marcus Camby on drives to the hoop a few times to mixed results. The Clippers’ zone defense also took away Stuckey’s ability to attack the rim. But Stuckey showed poise and found other ways to contribute. A pair of steals led to easy baskets, and he made his only 3-point attempt. Stuckey also had six assists and four rebounds.
  • Iverson had 10 assists, but it didn’t seem like he distributed the ball that well. That high figure is more due to him controlling the ball so much.
  • The Clippers were impressive with how hard they played. Everyone played to their strength. Gordon had 31 points on 21 shots and made 12-of-12 free throws. Mardy Collins, Los Angeles’s fourth string point guard, had 12 assists and three turnovers in 42 minutes. Camby had 14 points, 20 rebounds and two blocks. Steve Novak made 3-of-5 3-pointers. DeAndre Jordan went 3-of-3 off the bench. Everyone did what they could.
  • Gordon looks like a future star. When he was at Indiana last year, it was clear he didn’t belong in the college game. He was bonafide NBA caliber then, and he’s only better now.
  • The Pistons extend their win streak over the Clippers to 12 games.

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