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Detroit 98, Sacramento 92

  • The Pistons won, but they didn’t look particularly impressive. With Rip Hamilton, Rasheed Wallance and Antonio McDyess out, just getting the win was most important.
  • Detroit extended its season-long win streak to six.
  • Rodney Stuckey played great, scoring 38 points and adding seven assists and four rebounds. Still, I’m not quite ready to annoint him. He had four turnovers and he settled for jumpers a little too often.
  • Tayshaun Prince was really the glue that held the Pistons together tonight. He shot 8-of-12, grabbed 10 rebounds and had three blocks. He also had just two turnovers while playing 43 minutes.
  • Sixteen of Allen Iverson’s 23 points came in the second half. After the game, he said Hamilton told him the Kings were collapsing strong when he drove, so he should look for more jumpers. Iverson did, and that’s why he was so effective in the second half.
  • Amir Johnson showed a huge burst of energy early, but faded as the game went on. He ended up with 10 points, 14 rebounds and three blocks. His hustle play definitely has a place on this team. But his points came on putbacks and alley-oops. He’s a long ways from creating his own points.
  • Jason Maxiell had just two points in 22 minutes, but he showed good defensive instincts. He finished with three blocks and three steals. I’m withholding judgement on his offensive production, though. I’d like to see if he can score as efficiently as last year if he gets more consistent minutes.
  • Detroit held the Kings to 33.7 percent shooting. The Pistons’ defense has looked better of late, but Sacremento’s shooting percentage was due more to their lack of talent than Detroit’s defense tonight. 
  • Stuckey did a nice job of distributing when he controlled the ball, but the Pistons didn’t do a good job of sharing the ball as a team. Stuckey had more assists (seven) than the rest of the team combined (six).

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