The Detroit Pistons currently find themselves entangled in a game of playoff seeding musical chairs with the likes of the Indiana Pacers, Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards, so it was of the upmost importance that they walked away from Monday night’s matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks as victors.
This one looked bleak early as the Bucks raced out to a sizable lead, but the Pistons were able to trim into deficit and make this one intriguing late.
Milwaukee led 91-90 with 00:07 left, and Detroit swingman Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hoisted a three-pointer that clanked after receiving the inbounds pass. But Andre Drummond, the Pistons’ behemoth in the middle, tipped in what proved to be the game-winning basket for the Pistons lifting them to a 92-91 win as the Bucks’ Khris Middleton fanned on a three-pointer from midcourt as time expired.
As of this post, the Pistons are slotted in the Eastern Conference’s 9th seed, literally trailing the 8th seeded Bulls by win percentage points as Chicago has a 0.522% compared to Detroit’s 0.521%. Detroit also trails the 7th seeded Pacers by 1/2 game, but Washington, who is now back at .500, is scrapping to supplant the Pistons, trailing them by 2.5 games.
The playoff race in the East is getting tight, and it will make for some competitive and entertaining basketball down the stretch of the season.
Drummond finished the win with 14 points and 16 rebounds.