– Former NBA champion and Detroit Piston Tayshaun Prince returned to his former home The Palace of Auburn Hills on a snowy Sunday afternoon matinée. Prince finished with 15 points, 4 assists, and 4 boards in the Grizzlies rout of the Pistons. Jennings added 11 assists and 4 points for Detroit.
Detroit came into Sunday’s contest with Memphis on a positive note as word around the organization was that the 5-day break was much-needed, apparently that was not the case. The Grizzlies turned a 5 point deficit at the half into a 28 point road victory. Detroit is reeling and there is no telling when it well stop.
The Pistons came out of the gate strong, but once again gave up a double-digit lead. Detroit found themselves on top 20-8 halfway through the first before Mike Conley (15 points, 6 assists) and the Grizzlies came roaring back. Memphis closed the first on a 20-7 run, giving the Grizz a 28-27 lead after one behind Zach Randolph (16 points, 16 rebounds) and Conley.
Detroit answered in the second period behind the continued play of Greg Monroe who had a game high 19 points for the Piston along with 8 boards. Detroit took a five point lead to halftime after an 8-2 run to end the second, 56-51.
But that is where the fun ended for Detroit, the Grizzlies outscored Mo Cheeks crew 61-28 in the second half, sweeping the season series with Detroit 2-0 by a final score of 112-84.
Not many bright spots for Detroit in this one as they continue to reel in what was considered the lighter part of their schedule, dropping their fourth straight overall. Detroit (14-20) now sits in 8th place in the Eastern Conference playoff race, a half game ahead of the Boston Celtics (13-20).
Detroit flies out to the world-famous Madison Square Garden to face the not so good Knicks. New York (10-22) still just three games out of the eighth seed currently held by your Detroit Pistons are playing decent basketball as of late.
With the improved play of shooting guard Iman Shumpert as the new year gets under way, Detroit will have their hands full trying to get this monkey off their back in NYC.
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