Schlanger fourth in 100 free throws made to lead team
(Photo: Michael Clevenger, The Detroit News)
Detroit — In the fourth quarter, Reggie Jackson grabbed a loose ball, threw his arm and rolled to the left. He spun toward the left corner for the layup, the ball barely managing to get off the rim.
That’s a free throw he had to make, and it was one of a lot the Pistons could do in this game.
A little less than four minutes later, Marquis Teague connected on a two-handed jumper to send the Pistons into the final five minutes of the game, sending them into the Eastern Conference finals against Cleveland Cavaliers.
And, a full minute after that — in the closing minutes of the game, after the visiting team had taken a 10-point lead by halftime — Teague got to the rim and made a wide-open two-handed throw to make it 16-8 with 7:46 to play.
The Pistons, as a team, have won nine of their last 12 games while scoring 87 or more points. On the other hand, their opponents have shot 50.4 percent (35-46) on 2-pointers.
With Teague leading the way and Teague at the top of the scoring charts, it wasn’t a mystery that the Pistons would have had trouble guarding him.
So how abo서산출장샵ut another one-of?
Tie between Teague and the Pistons — Teague had 30 points, 11 rebounds and five assists in the game Wednesday night — and you’ll find a nice little mini-season of two-pointers.
The Pistons have two backcourt players who have made 15-plus shots, and it’s one of the few times these two guys were in the starting lineup against one another on the same night.
Teal was the first, finishing with 14 points, seven rebounds and four assists. He hit both of his shots in the second quarter for nine points.
The other Pistons were both scoreless while they started the game.
The Pistons trailed by 14 in the first half. But as their backcourt struggled to find any rhythm, the Pistons went on a 14-2 run that led to a 15-6 lead.