Jeff Ayres, along with Timmy Duncan, scored nine first quarter points to lead the Spurs to a 37-20 advantage over the Josh Smith-less Pistons. Detroit came into the AT&T Center riding a five-game winning streak following their release of Smoove. The Spurs held a one-point lead and the ball with eight seconds left, only needing to inbound the ball and hit some free throws to escape an early January game with a win, but Tim Duncan and Patty Mills failed to connect on the pass and Detroit came up with the ball and eventually the win in San Antonio.
That breaks up the little two-game run the Spurs were on and extends the Pistons to six wins in a row.
A couple of double-digit runs for the Pistons erased an 18-point lead for the Spurs and at one point the Pistons took a 10-point lead in the third quarter. The Spurs responded with five points of their own at the end of the third to pull the Pistons within five at 82-77. The Pistons worked the glass and took advantage of a Spurs team that looked a little gassed and out of sync to push this contest down to the wire.
It looked like the Spurs were going to come away with their third win in a row, but after looking great after one quarter they spent two quarters giving up their lead and allowing the Pistons to take control of the game. The Spurs refocused and regained the lead in the final quarter, but San Antonio missed a ton of free throws down the stretch and committed mistake after mistake to give the Pistons a shot at the win.
That's quite the disappointing loss for the good guys in Tony Parker's return.
Your Spurs fall to 21-15 and will host the Suns on Friday night.