Dealing with a depleted Clippers lineup, the Pistons squandered an 11-point lead within the ultimate 5 minutes and a five-point lead within the ultimate minute of a 100-98 loss on Wednesday. Ex-Piston Reggie Jackson offered the dagger, firing in a 20-point jumper over rookie Killian Hayes with 2.8 seconds left to finish the Clippers’ unlikely comeback. Hayes missed a 3-point strive on the buzzer.
Jackson completed with a game-high 29 factors in his return to Little Caesars Area.
Jerami Grant, who had missed the earlier three video games as a result of proper knee soreness, led Detroit with 28 factors. Saddiq Bey tossed in 17 factors for the Pistons, who misplaced to the Clippers 131-124 in Los Angeles on Sunday. However Bey additionally dedicated an important turnover on an inbounds cross within the ultimate minute.
The Clippers had been missing their two perennial All-Stars. Kawhi Leonard missed his third consecutive sport as a result of a sore foot, whereas Paul George was rested after scoring 36 factors towards Indiana on Tuesday.
George had 32 factors within the first assembly between the groups.
Grant takes the brief route
Jerami Grant did all of his harm on the rim and the midrange throughout the opening half. He made six discipline objectives within the first quarter, all inside 15 ft of the basket. His lone second quarter bucket was a fadeaway jumper.
Grant made his first 3-pointer in 4 makes an attempt within the first minute of the second half. He returned to assault mode throughout his 12-point quarter, with seven of his factors coming on the free throw line.
His first and solely factors within the fourth quarter got here on a 10-foot jumper that gave Detroit a 93-82 lead.
Then the collapse started.
Deep pictures take a deep dive
Within the first assembly, each groups lit it up from lengthy vary. The Pistons made 15 of 36 3-point makes an attempt, whereas the Clippers went 15-for-32 from distance.
The rematch was extra of a chuck and duck scenario. Killian Hayes and Frank Jackson air-balled 3-point tries on back-to-back second quarter possessions. The groups shot a mixed 7-for-28 past the arc earlier than halftime, with solely Bey (3-for-5) having any success.
The ugliness carried into the third quarter with solely two long-range pictures discovering the goal.
Frank Jackson air-balled one other 3-point try from the nook with 4 minutes left. Total, the Pistons had been 7 of 24 on 3-point tries, whereas the Clippers made simply 7 of 29.
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Acquainted faces return to Detroit
If the groups had swapped benches, nobody would have batted an eyelash. The Clippers began the previous Pistons backcourt of Jackson and Luke Kennard. Ahead Marcus Morris Sr., who scored 33 factors towards the Pistons on Sunday, was a late scratch as coach Tyronn Lue determined to relaxation him.
Among the many assistant coaches on the Clippers’ bench had been 2004 Finals MVP Chauncey Billups and two ex-Detroit assistants, Larry Drew and Brendan O’Connor.
Kennard was additionally enjoying at Little Caesars Area for the primary time for the reason that Pistons reduce ties with them. Jackson had his contract purchased out final season, whereas Kennard was dealt in a multi-team swap that allowed the Pistons to draft Bey.
Jackson transformed an array of floaters, working hooks and pullups and in addition hit a key 3-pointer previous to his sport winner.
Kennard missed his first 5 field-goal makes an attempt. He completed with 17 factors on 5 of 17 taking pictures.
This text initially appeared on Detroit Free Press: Jackson’s sport winner lifts Clippers previous Pistons 100-98