Last night on ESPN we had an interesting second game of the doubleheader. Usually national TV games feature the best the league has to offer, but last night we saw the Detroit Pistons travel to Sacramento to take on DeMarcus Cousins and the Kings.
It was a meeting between two teams on the bottom half of the league to be sure. For casual fans, there might not be the interest in seeing this match-up, but for NBA junkies it was cool to see two teams that don’t get a lot of national media coverage.
In the end, the Pistons were able to outlast the Kings, securing 97-90 victory. Leading the way for Detroit were Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, and Brandon Jennings.
Smith almost completed the triple double with 21 points, 8 rebounds and 7 assists. Drummond added 15 points, while grabbing 18 rebounds, and Jennings finished with 11 points, 6 rebounds and 9 assists – not too far away from a triple-double himself.
One of those 9 assist Jennings handed out went to Drummond, and was good enough to be named the Pass of the Night.
Late in the 3rd quarter, Smith rejected a shot from the Kings’ Luc Richard Mbah a Moute off the backboard. Kyle Singler then tipped the loose ball out to Jennings, and the break was on for the Pistons. Jennings didn’t have a numbers advantage, however, and had to wait for reinforcements to come. He didn’t have to wait long, as Drummond quickly charged down the court. But as soon as Drummond got into the picture, Jennings decided to go on his own after all. Or so it seemed.
Looking like he was taking a shot, Jennings instead passed the ball off the backboard to Drummond, who finished off the layup.
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