Rapid Reaction: Pistons beat Blazers 94-91

Rapid Reaction: Pistons beat Blazers 94-91
January 22, 2012, 3:09 am

Chris Haynes, CSNNW.com Trail Blazers Insider(@ChrisBHaynes)

Auburn Hills First half struggles continue to invade thePortland Trail Blazers' play during this six-game road trip.

Tonightwould be no different as the Detroit Pistons hand the Blazers (9-7) theirfourth loss on this trip by defeating them 94-91 in The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Blazers had a chance to send the game to overtime as they were down three with 4.4 seconds remaining in the game and Raymond Felton would drive the length of the court and lose the ball. The Pistons would recover it and that was game.

Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons with 28 points and 5 assists andwith this win, the Pistons (4-13) broke a four-game losing streak.

In the first half, the Blazers had 12 more field goal attemptsthan the Pistons, but the Pistons led at halftime 54-43 due to the Blazers shooting only 40percent from the floor.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 25 points and 4 rebounds. Far from the 23-rebound performance in Toronto.

Nicolas Batum who had 14 points, got the start tonight in place ofGerald Wallace who is nursing a sprained right middle finger. Heinjured it late in the San Antonio game and apparently it has gottenworse.

The Blazers have an off day tomorrow and will use the time torecuperate before the Sacramento Kings come to town on Monday.

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