'Comeback Kids' Detroit Pistons strike again to continue their impressive start to the season
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They haven’t officially adopted a nickname yet, but the Detroit Pistons might want to look into some variation of the “Comeback Kids” or the “Never-Say-Die-Pistons.” Because they continue to defy the odds with their impressive start to this season; they are 12-6 and second in the Eastern Conference standings behind Boston.
They were at it again Friday night in Oklahoma City, staging yet another huge comeback before escaping Chesapeake Energy Arena with a 99-98 win over a Thunder team coming off a rousing beatdown of the reigning champion Golden State Warriors. For the seventh time in this still young season the Pistons rallied from a double-digit deficit for a win.
There’s something about Stan Van Gundy’s team, as Rod Beard of the Detroit News highlights, a crew that refuses to quit:
Like they’ve done so many times this year, the Pistons didn’t let the deficit get them down.
“We’re just finding a way. It’s not pretty, but we’re just playing and trusting the game. The games will tell us what to do,” said Reggie Jackson, who had 12 points. “That’s something we’re matured in, letting the game tell us what to do and being aggressive. We’re not going to force the game, but playing basketball the right way — and it’s been working out.”
Avery Bradley struggled in the first half, but hit a pair of baskets in the final 4 minutes and Jackson added two free throws with 34 seconds left, helping the Pistons hold on.
Russell Westbrook had a chance to win it, but his last-second 3-pointer rimmed out. Westbrook finished with his sixth triple-double of the season, with 27 points, 11 rebounds and 11 assists for the Thunder (8-10), who were coming off their best win of the season, over the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday.
“The second half, the whole way, we played well defensively. They made a lot of pull-ups over the top and we didn’t give them the easy buckets we’d given them in the first half,” coach Stan Van Gundy said. “The big thing at halftime was our rebounding. It was 14-0 second-chance points in the first half and when you’re down 10, that’s the game — and that’s a controllable thing for us.”