Pistons Show Defense: Orlando Still Can't Beat Detroit
The struggling Pistons of last season went 3-0 in the regular season against the Orlando Magic, and just like last year, these new look Pistons still seem to have Dwight Howard and company's number despite having Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince out for the night due to injury.
As the Pistons defense has struggled this season thus far, and will not be a strong point for the season, they managed to shut out the Orlando Magic.
The Pistons held the magic to only 16 free throw attempts, and completely shut them down anytime they tried to bring it into the paint. Orlando was forced out to the perimeter, shooting 35 three point attempts, and connecting with 10 of them.
The high man for Orlando was Vince Carter who made 3-9 on three point attempts and was held to 15 points. J.J. Reddick also chipped in 3 three pointers, and had 14 points on the night.
Dwight Howard struggled early getting into foul trouble and could not find a way to get his offense going against Ben Wallace. Detroit completely shut down Howard and made him foul out, and holding him to only 8 points, and only 2 field goal attempts.
While the Pistons were digging in on defense, they were firing away on offense as well. Austin Daye score his first two points in his career of an impressive dunk. Charlie Villanueva had a good game scoring 12 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and 1 steal. Ben Wallace played a big roll on defense shutting down Howard, and put up 2 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks.
The guards are the ones who provided the most excitement. Rodney Stuckey put up 20 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists, and was not afraid to drive it in and stand up to the big men on the Magic.
Ben Gordon had another stellar performance putting up 23 points, 3 assists, and 5 rebounds. After having a slow first half, the Pistons put him in a rhythm in the second half, and Gordon started hitting the big shots once again.
The big story of the night was Will Bynum. Despite being poked in the eye by Gortat, and looking like he was going to be out for the rest of the game, Will Bynum took the game into his own hands in the 4th quarter. The Magic could not find a way to stop Bynum who dominated with the ability to drive in the lane, and kill them with his jump shot. Scoring 20 points off the bench, Bynum put a spark in the Pistons and lead them to a victory.
After this win, the Pistons go 2-2 on the early season under new head coach John Kuester. The Pistons take on the Toronto Raptors tonight, and hope to bring in that hard nose defense once again and come up with another big win.
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