Game Recap/Notes: Game #66. Pistons 125 - Sixers 111. 34-32.

Took longer than you would hope, but the Pistons did manage to pull away for a fairly comfortable win. And at this point I am not going to be picky about how the Ws come.

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Box score.

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Reggie Jackson: Excellent game from Reggie. He was really the steadying force for the Pistons for most of the game. With 24 points on just 14 equivalents, and 10 assists to just 2 turnovers. The Sixers consistently gave him the floater and he took it time and time again, and also threw in some ballsy 3s and drives. When everyone else was just not having stuff work out very well Reggie was the guy who could make a play to even them out. This is the PG he will hopefully be more often.

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KCP: It was not quite as good a night as it looked at first, but still a very solid night for KCP. 23 points on 23 equivalents, and 6 assists to 3 turnovers. And while he generally looked to be in good shape defensively, Ish Smith and Nik Stauskas both beat him quite a few times. Which once again was weird because I generally thought he was playing good defense. But regardless. He especially made a couple huge buckets right at the end of the half (or was it a quarter? I don't remember now lol) where he made 2 straight buckets in the last few seconds. Overall a very nice night for KCP.

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Tobias "Inefficient-Can't Shoot" Harris: 21 points on just 13 equivalents, including 2/3 from deep. And 8 boards makes for a really nice night for Harris. He was in control on his shots and he just hit them. I am curious what he could have done with a few more touches but I am not going to complain about him opting for total efficiency. The Sixers wing players were largely totally overmatched, and other than a brief Carl Landry outburst to start the game none of the Sixers wings ever did, anything really. Tobias' ability to get to the hoop is big, and keep an eye on that 3 point percentage because he is at 42%(!) which I would assume is a fluke if the exact same thing had not happened to Reggie Jackson.

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Greater Morris: 19 points on 16 equivalents, including a much needed 3/4 from deep. 7 rebounds, 4 assists to 0 turnovers. And you have the sort of do it all solid game that has come to define Marcus Morris. He was not as effective as a scorer that I think SVG hoped he would be against a horrid rotation of players thrown against him, but he still came out with a solid line and it was indicative of his solid play. It should also be noted that (like usual) when the Pistons were down early in the game he seemed to be the first guy to start to really give that little extra effort to get back in it. Also, hows 40 points on 29 equivalents, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists for the hybrid forward monster? Pretty solid I would say.

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Andre-MOTHER-FUCKING-Drummond: Early on it looked like another let down for Andre, but he started to turn it on at the end of the first half, and it carried over into the 2nd. Allowing him to finish the game with 19 points on 14 equivalents, including 3/4 from the line!!! Thrown in 15 rebounds and Andre has just another day in the office. He was not as dominant as you might hope against a frontcourt as bad as Phily put out there, but he clearly (along with the rest of the team) was not quite ready to go from the tip, but once he got into gear he looked fine.

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Steve Blake: Not going to talk about it.

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Reggie Bullock: Still in the rotation(!) which is a good sign. For the second night in a row he did not manage to sink any outside shots (law of averages is a bitch sometimes) but he found some points on a really nice backdoor cut (something he is brilliant at) and finishing a transition dunk. His defense was occasionally not so good, but was generally fine. The key now is that his dry spell from deep does not last too long.

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Aron Baynes: 7 points on 7 equivalents, 7 boards. And 2 blocks to show for some really nice defensive effort in the 2nd half. Another day at the office for Aron Baynes, just doing his thing as a really solid backup C.

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Stanley Johnson: Only played 14 minutes and looked not very good. He is clearly not 100% yet as he almost never even had the ball in his hands when he was on the court. Get back to health soon, because the Pistons will need you.

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Tolly: Apparently he played in this game.

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General: I wish it had not been a game for so long, but in the end the Pistons showed who the better team was, and it was the 2nd night of a back to back with travel, so it makes some sense that they came out a bit sluggish. They pulled it around in the end and that is all that matters.

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What do you think? Think Reggie Bullock is here to stay? Let me know! We all get smarter!