DETROIT, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Taking an eight-point lead at halftime, 50-42, Detroit only scored 17 points in the third quarter as the Los Angeles Clippers raced by with 26 points as they went onto the 96-91 win over the Pistons. Detroit was playing without both Cade Cunningham and Isaiah Stewart as Bojan Bogdanovic was the leading scorer with 26 points. Jaden Ivey added 18 points and Saddiq Bey 11 points for Detroit. They are now 3-12 on the year.
Detroit shot just 19 percent from three-point land making six out of 31 attempts and was also out rebounded by the Clippers, 51-43. They did force 18 turnovers recording nine steals and seven blocks.
Down 9-6 at the 7:19 mark to begin the first quarter, Detroit went on a 17-2 run over six minutes for the 12-point lead, 23-11. Jalen Duren, on his birthday, slammed home a dunk for the big lead. In the final minute, the Clippers went on a 4-0 run to end the quarter, 23-15.
Killian Hayes kept the double-digit lead for Detroit with 8:57 left in the second quarter on a free throw, 30-20. Over the next two and a half minutes, LA had a 10-0 run to tie the game at 30. A technical free throw made by Bogdanovic gave Detroit back the lead, 31-30, and then Bey had a driving layup for the three-point lead, 33-30. Bogdanovic then had a dunk and three-pointer for the 38-33 lead with 3:44 to go. LA did cut the lead to one, 41-40, but the Pistons scored six straight points for the 47-40 advantage. Ivey nailed a three-pointer with 19.3 seconds left in the half for the 50-42 halftime lead.
With 6:45 left in the third quarter, Detroit held onto a five-point lead, 55-50, on a Marvin Bagley III dunk. Ivey then made two free throws at the 4:29 mark for a six-point lead, 61-55, as it looked as though they were in control. In the last four minutes of the quarter, LA went on a 13-6 run to take a one-point lead, 68-67, headed into the final quarter.
Hamidou Diallo put Detroit up by three-points, 73-70, with 10:32 left in the game, but in three minutes LA retook the lead. They went on a 10-3 run to make it 80-76. By the 4:04 mark, LA had an eight-point lead, 87-79. Detroit did pull to within four, 91-87 on two made Alec Burks made free throws with 57 seconds left. LA hit their free throws down the stretch, though, as they took the game, 96-91.
Detroit will face the Lakers on Friday night at 10:30 p.m. eastern time.