NBA, Pistons vs Jazz: Saddiq Bey and Cade Cunningham light up as Pistons hold off Jazz, 126-116, in a thriller. Mitchell’s 31 points were not enough to tackle Detroit.
Down 13-2 early in the first quarter when Pistons were missing everything in the first three minutes. The situation went from bad t worse for the Pistons in the first half.
It was happening as expected from the Utah Jazz’s point of view as they are the best offensive team in the NBA this season. The offense was seen in the opening half.
When the first half ended, Jazz would be leading 14 points at 35-21. The shooting was awful and awful was the passing. The No.1 pick in this NBA Draft, Cade Cummingham had the worst start until now with 0-of-4 from the field and 2 turnovers.
Hasan Whiteside was the monster for which Pistons weren’t prepared. He made full use of the undersized bench unit of Pistons. The only player to play some real basketball was Isaiah Stewart. At least it looked like he cared.
It was looking like the match would be well finished before the regulation time but a 16-7 run to end the 2nd quarter would make Piston’s march forward. At halftime 61-48 was the scoreline in Jazz’s favor.
The first seven points of the second half were scored by the Pistons. They cut the lead down to 4 points by the 8-minute mark. Cade came to life after a slow start, hitting his triples and giving assists when he attracted double-team.
Cade Cunningham finished with 29 points and 8 assists. Out of that, 18 of them came only in the third quarter. With that type of display, Pistons would lead the game for the first time at 88-84.
The Jazz definitely tightened up their effort to start the 4th quarter. They would quickly recapture the lead 2 minutes into the quarter, but the Pistons kept fighting. The Pistons looked like they were the best 2nd half team in the NBA in this one. They thoroughly outplayed the Jazz in both the 3rd and 4th quarters.
Saddiq Bey aided Cade with his 29 points and six rebounds. In total, Detroit Pistons hit 19 threes while Utah hit only 11. Also, the Pistons had 7 blocks while Jazz only had four.
The Pistons would pull off the shocking upset after they looked dead in the water in the 1st half, 126-116. They did everything right in the 4th, hitting clutch shots, making defensive stops, and outplaying the Jazz just like they did in the 3rd.
Donovan Mitchell had 31 for the Jazz and Hassan Whiteside only finished with 21 after his spectacular 1st half.