Detroit Pistons stick round, but lose at San Antonio, 106-91

The Detroit Pistons threatened several times on Thursday to bounce back from large deficits. But the San Antonio Spurs – and Derrick White – ended up being too much for the Pistons.

The Spurs Point Guard White had 26 points, eight assists, seven rebounds and three blocks to give the Pistons a 106-91 loss.

Josh Jackson led Detroit with 29 points in the 11:20 aggregate shoot-out, and Frank Jackson added 14 points from the bench. Killian Hayes, who started Thursday after missing Wednesday’s game in the first half of a tackle, scored 12 points and made five assists.

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Pistons (18-42) were mostly double digits in the second half, but used a 13-0 run in the third quarter and a 13-2 run in the fourth to bring the deficit down to three and two, respectively. But ultimately they couldn’t get enough hits outside of both Jacksons. They were left without several key players, including starters Jerami Grant and Mason Plumlee, due to injury and calm.

Piston guard Saben Lee (center) rides between Spurs guard Devin Vassell (left) and guard Tre Jones (right) during the first half in San Antonio on Thursday April 22, 2021.

Josh Jackson continues his hot losing streak

Usually you can tell by the way Josh Jackson opens the game what kind of night it will be for Josh Jackson. When he takes his first handful of shots, good things usually follow.

So it was a good sign when Jackson made his first 3-point attempt in the middle of the first quarter to finish the game 7-7. From there it rolled on, finished aggressive drives to the rim and reached its midrange. Towards the end of the quarter, he threw down a throwback 3 for his fifth basket of the night that freeze Rudy Gay.

At this point he had 14 points and had not yet missed a shot.

Jackson has been one of Detroit’s top players since hitting a season high of 31 points on April 1st. He averaged 16.4 points, four rebounds and 2.4 assists at 46.8% total shooting and 44.9% shooting behind the bow for the month that begins Thursday.

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He almost single-handedly kept the pistons early in the game. At the end of the first quarter, he had more points (14, 5v8 shooting) than the rest of his teammates combined (11 points, 5v13 shooting). Jackson prompted Spurs coach Gregg Popovich to take time out after grabbing his own missed layup and returning it in the middle of the third layup.

That bucket came in the middle of a 13-0 piston run that brought the deficit on the 4:42 point of the third down to 71:68. But the Spurs responded with a 9-0 run to regain control.

San Antonio Spurs forward Keldon Johnson (3) heads for Detroit Pistons Josh Jackson (20) and Saddiq Bey (41) at the AT&T Center in the first quarter on April 22, 2021.

Hamidou Diallo shows signs of life

Having made a solid start to his career with the Pistons after arriving from Oklahoma City, Diallo has been in a crisis for the past few weeks. In his last four games on Thursday, he only shot a total of 3:23.

Diallo finished the 2v6 shootout against the Spurs with just five points, but seemed to find some momentum in the third quarter after hitting two difficult layups during a 13-2 piston run that reduced the deficit to one. It’s possible Detroit’s lack of clearance influenced Diallo, who prefers to get most of his hits on the edge. The Pistons were without Grant and Wayne Ellington on Thursday, which made the lanes a little narrower.

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