Surging Pistons Here to Stay in Tight Race Out East and Tuesday NBA Takeaways

December 22nd, 2015 by Dan Favale Leave a reply »

If it wasn't abundantly apparent before a 93-92 victory over the Miami Heat, it was crystal-clear afterward: The Detroit Pistons are coming for the rest of the Eastern Conference.

This is not a development many foresaw, even with Detroit's noticeably upgraded roster. And the Pistons certainly didn't look the part of a second-tier NBA contender for much of Tuesday's affair at American Airlines Arena.

They turned the ball over nine times in the first quarter as the Heat jumped out to a 16-point lead while shooting better than 57 percent from the floor. After staging a second-quarter comeback, during which Detroit outscored Miami by 18 points to take a two-point edge into halftime, the Pistons again flirted with disaster in a turnover-fraught third quarter.

Unforced mistakes allowed the Heat to rattle off a 9-0 run late in the third and regain the lead heading into the fourth. If not for Kentavious Caldwell-Pope's seven-point, one-assist expo and Steve Blake's timely three-point shooting in that final frame, the Pistons wouldn't have erased a recurring deficit in time to squeak out a victory against one of the East's foremost ...

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