AUBURN HILLS: The Detroit Pistons learned the same lesson Tuesday night that they were taught in the 2005 NBA Finals.If you let up against the San Antonio Spurs, you are in serious trouble.The Spurs outscored Detroit 57-41 in the second and third quarters, then held off a Pistons rally in the fourth quarter to win 109-99.
Tony Parker scored a season-high 31 points and LaMarcus Aldridge had 22 points and 13 rebounds in the Spurs’ ninth straight win. Manu Ginobili added 15 points while Tim Duncan put up 14 points and nine rebounds.The Pistons got as close as six in the fourth, but couldn’t sustain a rally against a lineup of Duncan, Parker, Aldridge, Ginobili and Kawhi Leonard.Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 25 points, while Andre Drummond added 17 points and 10 rebounds. Reggie Jackson had 10 points and 11 assists, but went 3 for 13 from the field and struggled to guard Parker.
The Spurs took an 81-66 lead into the fourth, but Drummond brought the crowd to its feet with a spectacular one-handed dunk off a Brandon Jennings lob. Jennings added a three-point play as the Pistons were within 83-73 after two minutes of the quarter.
Quarter by quarter
Q1 Q2 Q3 Q4 T
Spurs 24 29 28 28 109
Pistons 25 19 22 33 99
Results: Phoenix Suns 97 lost to Indiana Pacers 116, San Antonio Spurs 109 beat Detroit Pistons 99, Boston Celtics 114 lost to New York Knicks 120, Houston Rockets 107 beat Memphis Grizzlies 91, Chicago Bulls 101 lost to Milwaukee Bucks 106, Oklahoma City Thunder 101 beat Minnesota Timberwolves 96, Cleveland Cavaliers 110 beat Dallas Mavericks 107
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