It’s not a good sign for the Detroit Pistons when “RIP Brandon Knight” is trending on Twitter. The "killer," figuratively speaking, was Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan. The crime took place at the 4:32 mark of the second quarter during the Clippers’ 129-97 assault of the Pistons on Sunday at the Staples Center. That’s when the 6-feet-11 Jordan caught an alley-oop pass from superstar Chris Paul and dunked all over Knight. Jordan caught the pass with his right hand, fended off the 6-3 Knight with his left and smashed the dunk to the delight of the Staples Center crowd. Knight hit the floor hard and laid there motionless for a few moments. He got called for a foul for his trouble. The game was never in doubt as the Clippers had lob dunks and rained triples as the lead grew to as high as 34 before the lead was whittled during garbage time. But at least Knight tried to stop the play, as he might have been the only Piston with any fight at all. “Brandon did what he was supposed to do,” Pistons assistant coach Brian Hill said. “He tried to take a foul on the play and stop a dunk. “Unfortunately, we didn’t have enough guys that wanted to foul around the basket and take away easy baskets.” How’s this for a defensive effort? The Pistons allowed 14 triples and 14 dunks as the Clippers shot 62.5% from the field.
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