Pistons lift off stunner over Spurs for 6th true win

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SAN ANTONIO – The Detroit Pistons kept entrance when a fortifying champion San Antonio Spurs took an 18-point lead.

The Pistons kept entrance when a Spurs nailed them with a fusillade of 5 triples in a fourth quarter.

They kept entrance when they trailed, 104-101, with 10.8 seconds left.

And a stability paid off when they stole a Spurs in-bounds pass and Brandon Jennings incited it into a winning curtain to give a Pistons (11-23) a overwhelming 105-104 feat – their sixth straight.

Jennings, pang by a nightmarish 4-for-17 night adult until that point, ran behind down a building with arms outstretched in front of a repelled ATT Center throng and was mobbed by his teammates when a Spurs fast called time-out.

With usually one-tenth of a second left a Spurs (22-14) were incompetent to get a shot off and a Pistons – who suffered by a 13-game losing strain progressing this deteriorate – had their longest winning strain given a 2008-09 season.

“It feels good,” Jennings pronounced in a jubilant – nonetheless totalled – locker room afterward. “I’ve never been on a six-game winning strain in my career, so this is something new, though we’re still holding it one diversion during a time.”

The Pistons’ five-game strain looked finished after Patty Mills’ giveaway chuck with 10.8 seconds left gave a Spurs a 104-101 lead.

Spurs manager Gregg Popovich motionless to tainted and Jodie Meeks strike both giveaway throws to make a measure 104-103 with 8 seconds left.

San Antonio used a 20-second time-out to in-bound during half-court, though a maestro Spurs mishandled a round and somehow it found a approach to Andre Drummond.

“When we saw them remove a ball, we ran towards it, though during a same time we was like, ‘Is that a ball, for real?’ we ran after it and gave it to (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) and he done a good pass to Brandon and Brandon done a good preference during a finish of a diversion – instead of sharpened a pull-up, he went to a basket to get a possibility to make a basket or get fouled. It unequivocally worked out in a favor.”

When Jennings got a pass from Caldwell-Pope, he fast beheld there were 7 seconds left. He quietly pushed it into a front-court. He was open for a three-pointer, though motionless to take it to a hoop when he beheld he was rhythmical by a bigger player.

“Once we saw (Spurs brazen Boris Diaw) on a outside, we had a good event to get past him and only shot a floater off a glass,” Jennings said

It’s humorous when we cruise that Jennings didn’t consider he should have been on a building do to his tough sharpened night. Back-up indicate ensure D.J. Augustin had a good diversion with 19 points and 5 assists and was violation a Spurs invulnerability down off pick-and-rolls.

Meanwhile, Jennings (13 points, 7 assists) was blank lay-ups all night.

“D.J. unequivocally did have it going tonight,” Jennings said. “He was creation plays, he was removing into a line and he played improved than me tonight. If it were adult to me and he would have asked me if we wanted to go behind in, we substantially would have told him to only let D.J. stay in there.”

But Pistons manager Stan Van Gundy didn’t demur to put Jennings behind in with 3:14 left.

“The one thing Brandon will do more, that came adult during a end, he will pull a round in transition a small bit more,” Van Gundy said. “So that was my thinking, and D.J. had been out there a prolonged time.

“Again, adult until 00.1 to go, it didn’t demeanour like a really good move, though during .1, we demeanour like a genius.”

The Pistons are now 6-0 given waiving Josh Smith 3 days before Christmas. And another tough diversion awaits tonight during a Dallas Mavericks, who also have a stream six-game winning streak.

Vince Ellis writes for a Detroit Free Press.

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