Pistons Prove Themselves Against The Grizzlies

Eric YarmolukCorrespondent IOctober 29, 2009

The new look Detroit Pistons shut down the Grizzlies 96-74. Led by Richard Hamilton with 25 points, and Ben Gordon adding 22 points off the bench, Ben and Rip proved they can coexist.

The Pistons also proved that their defense is not as bad as everyone has put them out to be. Detroit held Memphis to 36 percent shooting, causing 12 turnovers, 3 steals, and 3 blocks.

Ben Wallace started over Kwame Brown putting up 3 points, and grabbing 9 rebounds, as Will Bynum led the team with 7 assists and 5 points.

Villanueva made an impact on defense, scoring 7 points, and having 3 blocks on the night, proving he's not afraid to play defense.

Stuckey did a great job running the offense scoring 12 points, 3 assists, and 2 steals on the night. Prince also had a good opening night scoring 14 points, and 5 rebounds.

The Pistons showed their fast paced, talented offence shooting just over 51 percent, 6 three-pointers, 39 rebounds, and 20 assists.

Memphis started off strong, but the Pistons found a way to pull away, and had their biggest lead of 25 points. The Grizzlies lead scorer was their center Gasol putting up 21 points, with Rudy Gay scoring 16, and Zach Randolph adding 14.

O.J Mayo looked as if he was going to play a big game making a huge dunk in the first quarter over Tayshaun Prince, but the Pistons held him to only 9 points, making him shoot 2-12 from the field, and 0-6 from the three point line.

The Pistons next game is in the Palace, where Kevin Durant and the Thunder come to town. You can be sure that the Pistons will come out proving themselves once again.