The Pistons were spotted a 13-0 lead and led by double digits for the most part. However, the Bucks went on a 13-0 run and even briefly took a 94-92 lead. But Prince made go-ahead foul shots to give Detroit a 96-94 lead. Monta Ellis would miss the game-tying runner and the Pistons escape with a win. Prince led Detroit with 20 points. Ellis had an otherwise excellent game with 30 points and nine assists.
The game was actually manageable through three quarters but the Spurs ran away in the fourth quarter, turning it into a laugher. Tony Parker had 21 points and nine assists, Manu Ginobili had 20 points, and Tim Duncan had 18 points, 10 boards, and three blocks to pace San Antonio. The Spurs have now won five straight while the Mavs sunk deeper as they’ve lost their last six contests.
The Kings ran away late in the third quarter. Isaiah Thomas scored 27 points while DeMarcus Cousins, who’s been in a lot of trouble this season, got a triple-double (12 points, 10 rebounds, and 10 assists). Sacramento has won six of their last seven games at… Sleep Train Arena.
The Clippers overcame another physical game with the Jazz and won their 17th straight game. They went through the month of December undefeated, the first undefeated month since February 2008 when the Houston Rockets went 13-0. Caron Butler led the Clippers with 29 points and made all six of his three-point field goal attempts.