The Detroit Pistons lost a hard-fought overtime battle with the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday. Detroit came up just short as Portland pulled out a 111-109 victory at The Palace. A very lackluster fourth quarter by Detroit opened the door for Portland and eventually cost them the game in overtime.
Andre Drummond posted a double-double with 14 rebounds and 13 points. Detroit once again received good production off the bench from Rodney Stuckey, who put up 17 points and trailed only Josh Smith's 31 in the Detroit scoring column. That all meant nothing once Portland's Damian Lillard drained the game-winning basket, which sent Detroit to an 11-14 record.
Twitter wasn't at a loss for words over this contest. There was optimism, pessimism, anger, joy and despair over this game.
Pistons about to give it to the trail blazers tonight #letumhaveit— Happy hALIdays (@ahsan_ali88) December 15, 2013
Can Detroit beat the best of the west? DBB’s Pistons vs. Blazers preview: http://t.co/YQbG9Fb6Oi— Detroit Bad Boys ☠ (@detroitbadboys) December 15, 2013
Pistons versus Trail Blazers Preview: Can Detroit stop ‘the fastest guns in the West’?: High-scoring Portland... http://t.co/P3XimAapHC— Bucks Lover (@rockpistons) December 15, 2013
Pistons played the Blazers in OT yesterday and now have to play the Pacers today smh...have fun with that one— Dre (@Crotin) December 16, 2013
Detroit has all the tools and talent to be a serious playoff contender this season. Sadly, the Pistons have been unable to take advantage of the talent and have rarely played a complete game. There is still a long way to go this season and Detroit remains in good shape in the standings, but there is little room for error.
The Pistons have a huge test next as they travel to Indianapolis to take on the Pacers. The Pacers are an NBA-best 20-3 this season and are undefeated at home. Detroit is in second place in the Central division, and a win over the Pacers would begin to close the gap.
All stats courtesy of NBA.com