Summer League Recap: Pistons 95, Rockets 89
More Summer League Coverage:
By Melanie Curtsinger
July 5, 2014
ORLANDO -- Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, one of six members of the Pistons to reach double-digit scoring, led the charge with 26 points as Detroit won its opener at the Southwest Airlines Orlando Pro Summer League, 95-89, over the Houston Rockets.
Caldwell-Pope, who just finished an up-and-down rookie season, continued a trend of second-year players who have shown successful strides on Day One of summer league play. Earlier, Kelly Olynyk tallied 20 points to lead the C’s, Mason Plumlee erupted for a team-leading 23 points, seven rebounds and three steals, while the Magic’s Victor Oladipo paced Orlando with 18. Caldwell-Pope also notched six steals and one block.
The Pistons jumped out to an early advantage, leading by as many as 18 in the first half, before the Rockets clawed their way back in. After a strong third period, the Rockets entered the fourth down only four, 71-67, and eventually tied the game at 86 off a Maarty Leunen 3-pointer with 2:18 remaining. Houston, however, was smothered over the final two minutes and Detroit never looked back.
Peyton Siva, who scored six straight in the final few minutes and had a crucial steal to seal the victory with 26 seconds left, contributed 16 for the Pistons. Chris Crawford and Nick Johnson paced Houston with 20 and 18 points, respectively.
Detroit resumes summer league action on Sunday at 3 p.m. when they take on the Memphis Grizzlies, while the Rockets have Sunday off and take the court again Monday to face the Orlando Magic at 5 p.m.