NBA: Pistons reserves shine in win over Rockets

Posted on Apr 8 2017 - 7:56am by admin

Stanley Johnson (R) drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 32 seconds remaining as the Pistons rallied for an upset win over Houston

The Detroit Pistons grew to become to their reserves to keep their slim NBA playoff hopes alive with a 114-109 victory over the Houston Rockets.

The Detroit Pistons grew to become to their reserves to keep their slim NBA playoff hopes alive with a 114-109 victory over the Houston Rockets.

Stanley Johnson drained a go-in advance three-pointer with 32 seconds ultimate because the Pistons rallied for the upset in Houston.

Pistons educate Stan Van Gundy stated he left his again-up players in down the stretch as a reward for their enthusiasm.

the decision paid off for the Pistons, who’re three video games at the back of the Chicago Bulls and Indiana pacers for the eighth and ultimate playoff spot in the eastern conference with three video games last.

"It was great and we had a bunch of fellows in the market who really wanted to play," Van Gundy said. "They weren't slowed down through the way the season had gone. they’d nice enthusiasm.

"I don't care when it’s in the year or what the location is, that's a huge a part of this — to simply have a perfect enthusiasm to play, and those guys really did."

Johnson, a 2d-year forward, rookie forward Henry Ellenson, second-yr center Boban Marjanovic and third-12 months forward Reggie Bullock all came off the bench to shine.

"i believe we simply performed super exhausting," mentioned Johnson, who scored 10 of his 13 factors within the fourth. "We're really, really hungry and seeing the position this workforce is in right now with Stan being prepared to play a few of us more, we're simply trying to play arduous and exhibit all and sundry that we are able to play as neatly."

Marjanovic scored a occupation-excessive 27 points and pulled down 12 rebounds whereas Ellenson scored 15 points with 11 rebounds.

James Harden led the Rockets with 33 factors and 12 assists.

His three-pointer with 2:26 ultimate gave the Rockets a one zero five-a hundred and one lead, but he overlooked four three-pointers because the Pistons closed the sport on a 13-4 scoring run.

"We've received to do a better job of closing video games out," Harden mentioned. "It's that easy."

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