After going 6-2 in their last eight games, beating the Miami Heat, Atlanta Hawks, Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings and throttling the Washington Wizards twice, the Pistons failed to post a 5-0 homestand with a surprising loss to the 9-24 Charlotte Bobcats on Sunday night, falling 108-101.
Tayshaun Prince scored 21 points to lead Detroit, snapping a four-game winning streak. Greg Monroe nearly had another triple-double with 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists, while Rodney Stuckey also scored 18 points. The major factor in the Pistons’ loss was the turnover counts – Detroit turned it over 22 times, while Charlotte had just 11 turnovers.
Former Piston Ben Gordon scored 18 points in his return to the Palace, helping the Bobcats win just their second game in 21 attempts. Bismack Biyombo punished Detroit on the boards by grabbing 17 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.
Considering the recent string of success the team had experienced as of late, the outcome of this game was surprising. In those 6 previous wins, the Pistons outrebounded and outhustled the other teams en route to winning. The bench play, especially former outcasts Charlie Villanueva and Austin Daye, was sporadic outside of Stuckey’s scoring and Andre Drummond’s defensive work.
The Pistons will be able to practice the entire week before their next game, a matchup with Milwaukee on Friday night. That game tips off at 8:30 PM from the Bradley Center.