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GAME BLOG: Pistons blow out Spurs in Detroit, 132-98

San Antonio (7-13) is looking to start a new winning streak as it takes on the Pistons (6-13).


Spurs 98, Pistons 132

San Antonio never led in Sunday's loss to the Detroit Pistons, a result which dropped them to 7-14 on the year as they continue searching for their first consecutive wins since the infant days of the season. A 15-2 run over the final three minutes of the third quarter proved to be the dagger to the Spurs' chances at victory. 

The Spurs failed to reach 100 points for only the third time this season, and the Pistons' 132 points is the third most allowed by the Spurs to an opponent this season. 

The Spurs shot 41% from the field, but three-point shooting was a particular part of their game that never made it to Detroit. They made only seven of 26 attempts from beyond the arc, good for a 27% mark. 

Up next for San Antonio is a return to the AT&T Center for a Lone Star State matchup against the Houston Rockets, and the start of a four-game homestand. 


With less than six minutes to go in the game, San Antonio will need a miracle to squeak out a victory today in Detroit. They're in a 26-point hole, having scored only 36 points through a quarter-and-a-half in this half. 

Third Quarter

Spurs 71, Pistons 96

A furious 15-2 run to end the third quarter has Detroit up by 25 entering the fourth quarter, and San Antonio's chances of consecutive victories are looking bleak. 


A Piston timeout put a stop to an 8-4 San Antonio run with less than three minutes remaining in the quarter, but Detroit still has a comfortable led. They're up, 81-69. 


Detroit's lead is now at 15 – its largest of the game – after beginning the third quarter with a 13-6 run culminating in a Spurs timeout. Buckets by Derrick White, Bryn Forbes and a DeRozan free throw account for San Antonio's only points of the second half through 4:05 of game time. 

Second Quarter

Spurs 51, Pistons 59

The Spurs powered through in the final minutes of the half to cut into the Pistons' lead and shave it down to eight. Detroit leads at halftime, 59-51. San Antonio made only three of its 13 first-half three-point attempts. 


The game is beginning to get away from San Antonio in the second quarter. The Pistons have opened up a 52-37 lead after making six of their first 10 shots from the field this quarter; by comparison, San Antonio has made just three of 10. Derrick White, Rudy Gay and Drew Eubanks are the only players in silver and black that have netted second-quarter shots from the field. 


Detroit has increased its lead to nine through the first 2:20 of the second quarter as only one of San Antonio's first four shots in the period has found the net. Detroit lead, 39-30, with 9:40 to go in the quarter. 

First Quarter

Spurs 27, Pistons 32

A high-powered opening quarter has ended with the home team up by five over the Spurs. San Antonio is shooting just 41% from the field compared to 57% for Detroit; DeMar DeRozan and Luke Kennard both have 11 points for their respective teams. 


Detroit reeled off eight straight points to start the game before Derrick White finally got the Spurs on the board 1:54 into the game. The Pistons lead early, 11-5. 


Less than two days after defeating visiting Kawhi Leonard and the Clippers, who hadn't lost a game in more than two weeks, the Silver and Black are traveling to Detroit and looking to turn that momentum into a winning streak. 

The Spurs haven't won consecutive games since starting the year 3-0, but the lowly Pistons haven't garnered back-to-back victories all season. Dwane Casey's squad has just two wins in its last 10 matchups. 

San Antonio has had the better of Detroit in recent years; the Pistons have won just three of the team's 12 head-to-head matchups dating back to the 2013-'14 season. If the Spurs want to win another, they'll have to do it without LaMarcus Aldridge, who will be out for Sunday's game with right thigh soreness. He's being replaced in the lineup by Jakob Poeltl, who has been averaging 5.6 points and 5.8 rebounds a game this season. 

Sunday afternoon's game tips off at 4 p.m. CT. Follow along here for live updates. 

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