Wednesday night, the Pistons traveled to Wisconsin to challenge the Milwaukee Bucks. The Bucks came into the game with the worst record in the NBA at 8-32.
The Pistons led by six points at halftime, but could never break away. Detroit’s second half struggles continued and the Pistons lost the game, 104-101.
Former Buck Brandon Jennings had a great performance for Detroit, but his 30 points and four assists were not enough to bring his team a victory.
Former Pistons, Brandon Knight and Kris Middleton, who were traded to Milwaukee in exchange for Jennings, both had solid games. Knight scored 16 points, grabbed seven rebounds and dished out nine assists. Middleton came off the bench to score 10 points, add four steals and four assists.
After the game, Charlie Villanueva vented his frustration:
It’s inevitable, change is needed
— Charlie Villanueva (@CV31) January 23, 2014
Friday night, the Pistons hosted the New Orleans Pelicans. The Pelicans were without star guard Jrue Holiday and forwards Ryan Anderson and Tyreke Evans.
The game was very competitive in the first half, but an offensive-minded second half led to a crazy finish. The Pistons at one point in the third quarter went on a 30-4 run. They outscored the Pelicans by 15 points in the quarter and were in complete control.
In the fourth quarter, the Pelicans completely dominated. They outscored the Pistons by 11 points, allowing them to win the game on a last second shot by Eric Gordon.
Detroit blew a 16-point lead and two terrific performances from Jennings, who scored 28 points and added seven assists, and Andre Drummond, who had the first Pistons’ 20 point, 20 rebound game since Antonio McDyess in 2009.
Finally, Sunday night the Pistons traveled to Texas to go up against the Dallas Mavericks. The Mavs easily defeated Detroit, winning the game 116-106.
Dirk Nowitzki shined for Dallas, scoring 28 points and grabbing nine rebounds. Fellow Maverick Vince Carter celebrated his 37th birthday by scoring 13 points and bringing down five rebounds off the bench.
Drummond really struggled for Detroit, only scoring four points on five shots.
The Pistons have now lost four games in a row and hold a record of 3-8 in January. Tuesday night they host the Orlando Magic. The game tips off at 7:30 p.m. and can be seen on Fox Sports Detroit.
Cameron Billes is the host of Horsepower for Impact Sports.