ADVERTISEMENT

Dreadful defense sinks Pistons in loss to Grizzlies

April 8, 2018 GMT

Memphis, Tenn. — It could be worse. The Pistons could have lost to the worst team in the NBA.

It wasn’t that bad — they lost to the second-worst team in the league.

The Pistons’ defense was almost nonexistent, giving up at least 30 points in each quarter, en route to one of their most head-scratching defeats of the season. The Memphis Grizzlies, vying for the worst record in the league — and with it, the best chance at the No. 1 pick in the draft.

The Grizzlies found themselves ahead by double digits entering the fourth quarter and held on for a 130-117 victory over the Pistons on Sunday at FedEx Forum.

BOX SCORE: Grizzlies 130, Pistons 117

The Pistons (38-42) hit a franchise-record 23 3-pointers and hit 51 percent from beyond the arc for the game, but only hit 15-of-45 from inside the arc.

And the defense was atrocious.

MarShon Brooks had 25 points, Dillon Brooks 22 points, eight rebounds and eight assists and Marc Gasol 20 points, nine rebounds and nine assists for the Grizzlies (22-58), who snapped their four-game skid.

ADVERTISEMENT

In the fourth quarter, the Pistons pulled within 99-92 at the 10:33 mark after a four-point play from Henry Ellenson, who had a career-high 17 points. The Grizzlies answered with a 3-pointer from Gasol and a lay-in by Deyonta Davis (13 points) to push the lead back to 12 points.

The Pistons, who had won eight of their last 10 games, got the margin back to a manageable number and closed within seven after back-to-back 3-pointers by Stanley Johnson and Luke Kennard (18 points) but didn’t get any closer.

Anthony Tolliver had 19 points and Andre Drummond 12 points and 18 rebounds.

Rod.Beard@detroitnews.com

Twitter: @detnewsRodBeard