Every night the NBA can be a cold hard reality — there are winners, there are losers. It’s the nature of the game. We know you are busy and can’t keep up with every game, so we’re here to bring you the best and worst of the NBA each week night. Here’s what you missed while watching what CNN plans to run if the world comes to an end…
Detroit Pistons. You could just see this team growing and improving over the course of the game. In the fist quarter, especially when the Spurs bench unit came in, the Pistons looked confused on offense and just flat out lost on defense. But as the game wore on the Pistons started to figure things out, Stan Van Gundy made his adjustments, and the Pistons’ confidence grew. Andre Drummond keyed the Pistons’ third quarter run where they took the lead and he was a beast all night, finishing with 20 points and 17 rebounds. D.J. Augustin added 19 off the bench, while Greg Monroe looked comfortable on his way to 17 points on 10 shots.
Still, it looked like the Spurs late-game execution was going to win the day for the NBA champs, until that execution let them down and Brandon Jennings took advantage with the shot of the night.
Suns late game execution. Phoenix was sloppy at the start of their game against Milwaukee, and when the Bucks went on a 16-5 run they were putting on a fun dunking show. But when the game got tight late the Suns executed better — they scored on 9 of 10 possessions when the game was on the line, until the Bucks had to start intentionally fouling. (Stat via NBA.com’s John Schuhmann.) When the game was on the line the Suns guards were great, Gerald Green, Eric Bledsoe and Goran Dragic all made plays. But the big star and the guy that hit the dagger was Markieff Morris, who finished with 26 points and 10 rebounds. Quality road win for the Suns against an athletic and tough Bucks team.