Josh Smith put up his fourth double-double this season, scoring 25 points and registering 11 rebounds, to help the Detroit Pistons slip by the Phoenix Suns, 110-108. The Pistons shot 44-94 (46.8%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 20 boards. Detroit (16-22) has won just three of their last 10 games.
Smith finished 11-16, in a quality performance offensively. Other key performers for Detroit were Greg Monroe with 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Andre Drummond with 13 points and 13 rebounds. On 7-14 shooting, including 5-10 from behind the arc, Channing Frye scored 21 points for Phoenix in the loss. Marcus Morris chipped in 17 points and 6 rebounds, Gerald Green finished with 15 points and 7 rebounds, and Goran Dragic put up 15 points and 8 assists.
As dictated by the data, Detroit controlled the offensive backboards in this contest, finishing with an OR% of 40.8%. They rank first in the league in that metric at 31.7%. The defense of Phoenix, on the other hand, is 28th in the NBA on the glass with a DR% of 71.9%.
Phoenix (21-15) has now lost back-to-back games after falling to Memphis on Friday.
Coming up, the Pistons square off against the Utah Jazz, who are 12-26 on the season. The Suns meet the New York Knicks, currently sitting at 14-22 this year.