The Pistons, using their 18th different starting lineup this season, got a balanced effort en route to an easy 107-93 victory over the Raptors at The Palace on Wednesday, ending a three-game losing streak. Pistons coach John Kuester started Tracy McGrady, Richard Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince, Ben Wallace and Greg Monroe. Rodney Stuckey, playing 27 minutes off the bench, passed up open shots and opportunities he usually takes advantage of. He even passed to Ben Wallace with the shot clock at one, resulting in a violation. He became the first Pistons player to get 10 or more assists before attempting a shot, and the first NBA player since Jamaal Tinsley did it for the Pacers in 2007. He finished with a career-high 14 assists. At one point, Kuester yelled at Stuckey to shoot as opposed to trying a risky pass, and finally with 3:52 remaining, he attempted a reverse layup, which bounced off the rim. "I know I'm the starting point guard, but it is what it is," Stuckey told Fox Sports after the game. He made three free throws late in the fourth quarter to get in the scoring column. It was the kind of game former Pistons coach Larry Brown dreamt of from his point guards. "My guys were just open," Stuckey said. "I passed up a couple shots, I'm just looking for my teammates. A lot of people don't know I'm a good passer, I tried to showcase that tonight." Kuester said Stuckey set the tone for the second unit. Stuckey said he doesn't care whether he comes off the bench for the remaining 14 games.
Rodney Stuckey assists Pistons off the bench in victory over Raptors
Detroit News | Mar 17