NBA Game Summary - San Antonio at Detroit|
(Monday, February 10th)
Final Score: Detroit 109, San Antonio 100
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Brandon Jennings led six Detroit
players in double figures with 21 points, and the Pistons got the John Loyer
era off to a strong start by posting a 109-100 victory over the San Antonio
Spurs at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Rodney Stuckey poured in 20 points off the bench and Greg Monroe tallied 15
points and 10 rebounds in Loyer's debut as interim head coach, which came one
day after the team surprisingly fired Maurice Cheeks.
Detroit went just 21-29 under Cheeks, but entered Monday's clash only a half-
game out of a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and riding a two-game win
"I thought our guys came out and had great effort and great determination. You
try to set a little bit of a tone every day. Thankfully, the guys, they set
the tone tonight. They wanted to go out and win that game," Loyer said.
Marco Belinelli returned from a one-game absence to put up 20 points for San
Antonio, but the Spurs committed 19 turnovers that the Pistons converted into
26 points and were dealt only their seventh loss in 26 road tests this season.
"We probably played the worst defense we've played all season, especially in
the first half," San Antonio head coach Gregg Popovich said.
Neither team gained much of an upper hand until late in the first half, when
the Pistons embarked on a 13-2 run to move in front by double digits.
Josh Smith began the surge with a pair of jumpers before Kyle Singler and
Jennings hit back-to-back 3-pointers to stake Detroit to a 54-43 lead with
1:50 left in the second quarter. A successful hook shot by the Spurs' Tim
Duncan ended the flurry, but Jennings buried another three on the ensuing
possession to extend the margin to 12 points.
Jennings finished the half with 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting to help the
Pistons own a 59-48 advantage at the break, and Detroit created more distance
by putting together a strong third quarter in which the Spurs turned the ball
over eight times.
Five of those giveaways came during a 12-2 Pistons' burst that essentially put
the game out of reach, with back-to-back inside buckets from Andre Drummond
and Monroe sending Detroit ahead by a 73-52 count five minutes into the second
The Pistons carried a 92-72 lead into the fourth quarter and were up 105-90
with under three minutes left before San Antonio closed out the contest on a
10-4 run to make the final outcome more respectable.
Drummond finished with 14 points and nine rebounds, while Smith had 12 points
for Detroit ... Belinelli missed Saturday's 104-100 win at Charlotte with back
spasms, while Spurs center Tiago Splitter (bruised calf) sat out for a second
straight game ... Duncan collected 11 points and eight rebounds, but had six
turnovers ... The win was the Pistons' fifth straight at the Palace ... Cheeks
is the first non-interim NBA coach to be fired after 50 games or less since
the Lakers canned Rudy Tomjanovich after 44 in 2004-05.
02/11 00:18:29 ET