Game Recap/Notes: Game #51. Pistons 111 - Knicks 105. 27-24. No Pun intended.

With just a few minutes left in the game, the Pistons had nearly totally blown the nearly 30 point lead they held in the first half. And Reggie Miller said that the Pistons had better make sure that they did not blow the lead because the Knicks had a legit closer, and the Pistons did not. The Pistons did not hold the lead, and unfortunately the Pistons did not have a closer. Oh wait, they have Reggie Jackson, the guy who literally leads the NBA in clutch scoring and 4th quarter scoring. Reggie Jackson took over the game and the Pistons held on. All in all, it was not quite according to plan, but it was a good win in the end.

Box score.

Reggie Jackson: 21 points on 21 equivalents, 5 assists, and coming up big in the clutch with 2 big balls 3 pointers to close the game. Langston Galloway had a big game and Jackson gets part of the blame for that but still, that was such a great finish to the game that I am not going to complain too much. He essentially single handedly brought the Pistons back from the edge to win the game. And his overall numbers were pretty solid as well for the night.

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Stanley Johnson: 22 points on 16 equivalents, 5 assists, 9 boards. This Johnson fellow is quite good. He really did play a brilliant game. Attacking the rim, and creating for others. The full arsenal was on display for the national audience. Arron Afflalo sort of had his way with Johnson for a stretch but I think that it was more the result of Afflalo just being on as opposed to Johnson playing poor defense. Seriously though, his offensive night was just brilliant. May well have been his best game in the NBA. HOWEVA, SVG. WE GOTTA TALK. KCP is injured, and literally all of the other starters have nagging injuries of some sort. This is partially because you are playing guys into the ground. Stanley Johnson just played 44 minutes. Lets not do that again please.

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Greater Morris: 13 points on 13 equivalents. Tossed 4 assists for the second straight game. It was his defense of Carmelo Anthony that really stood out in this game though. Anthony needed 25(!) equivalents to get his 19 points. Which is a really poor number. And a huge part of that was Morris' defense. He is long, strong, and knows how to use it in 1 on 1 matchups. Really an excellent 2 way game for Morris.

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Ersan Ilyasova: 12 points on 10 equivalents. 6 boards. Perfectly fine night for Ersan. Kristaps Porzingis was held to very little impact on the game as well so props to Ersan for that. Not a ton to say because Ersan did not do a whole lot but it was a good game. He hit a couple 3s and generally did his thing. Good game for Ersan.

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Andre Drummond: 17 points on 16 equivalents. 13 boards. Robin Lopez did predictably give some issues for Drummond on the glass but not so much to take him out of his game. Andre Still had his impact on each area of the game in all the ways he usually does. He dunked a few times, scored in the post a few times, played good defense in several ways. Nothing too crazy by Drummond's standards, but it was a totally fine game.

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Brandon Jennings: 11 points on just 7 equivalents, and 2 assists. His play was really solid and he did his usual thing in making the bench mob just play a lot better. He pushed the pace with reckless abandon, and created good offense. Really solid game for Jennings once again.

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Aron Baynes: 6 points on 7 shots. Just 1 board. Not really much of an impact in his 16 minutes. He does get some props for playing defense on Kristaps which is a very hard matchup for him and he held up just fine.

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Anthony Tolliver: Took 1 three pointer and he hit it. Ergo, he was pretty useful. Decent game for Tolly.

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Darrun Hilliard: 6 points on 4 shots, and generally actually look pretty good! It was really nice game for Darrun. I was very pleasantly surprised by the fact that he managed to score all his points inside the arc. I would have figured he didn't really have any skill ready for the NBA other than spot up shooter. But the last 2 games he has gotten some real nice buckets in the midrange and at the hoop.

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General: They will probably not play as long every night as they did tonight, but KCP might not be so missed if Johnson and Hilliard can keep up their play. Especially if KCP indeed only misses a few games. It will be fun to see if they can keep it up. Also, even though it was super stressful, this was a pretty good win for the Pistons in the end.

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What do you think? Think Johnson and Hilliard can keep it going? Let me know! We all get smarter!