Pistons Edge Spurs 117-116 In OT – CBS Detroit
Saddiq Bey scored a 3-pointer 1.9 seconds back in overtime and finished the race with 21 points, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 117-116 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday night.
“I caught it and I knew it was good,” Bey said of his winning shot.
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Hamidou Diallo had 34 points and 13 rebounds and led Detroit, who had lost four in a row and 18 of their last 19 games. The Pistons had five players in double digits and three – Diallo (14), Luka Garza (14) and Bey (17) – with double-digit rebounds. Garza scored 20 points, Cassius Stanley added 19 (ppoints and Derrick Walton had 11, both career highs, in the win.
“I was happy for everyone.” said Detroit coach Dwain Casey, who only had three other players out of his usual 15-man roster. “Especially the G League guys who got in. It’s hard to win with rookies in this league. Then you add G-League guys who are struggling and scratching to get into the league and they had to play in roles that they hadn’t played in the G-League.
Bryn Forbes came off the bench, scoring 27 points for the Spurs, who lost their third game in a row. Devin Vassell added 19 points. Derrick White scored 18 points, Jakob Poeltl and Tre Jones added 15 points each.
“Without Bryn we would definitely have lost the game,” said Spurs coach Gregg Popovich. “He was great on the track. We just missed too many free throws when it counted and made some sloppy plays. “
The Spurs led by up to 17 points in the second quarter before the Pistons closed within seven, 59-52, at halftime. Detroit then went on a 33-22 run and took an 85-81 lead after three quarters.
The Pistons played without Frank Jackson, who sprained his right ankle against New York on Wednesday. He was one of 13 inactive players on the Pistons’ list. Ten of the players were out for reasons related to the NBA’s COVID-19 health and safety protocols.
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“Basketball is a next-man-up game,” said Forbes. “You have to give (Detroit) credit. They came back hard and came back struggling. You have to bury them (if you get up at 17) and we didn’t and we paid the price. “
It was the second game of the week between the teams. The Spurs won 144-109 in San Antonio on Monday. … The Spurs put Lonnie Walker and Doug Mc Dermott on the inactive list due to COVID-19 logs.
Spurs: On Tuesday in Toronto.
Pistons: On Monday in Milwaukee.
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