Video: Pistons’ Josh Smith hits game-winning runner to beat Suns
Pistons forward Josh Smith hit a game-winning lay-up with 1.2 seconds left to lead Detroit to a 110-108 home victory over Phoenix on Saturday.
With the score tied at 108 and 4.3 seconds remaining in the game, Kyle Singler inbounded the ball from the left sideline. Smith received the ball at the right angle and immediately drove to his right against Channing Frye, who was overplaying Smith’s left hand. Taking two dribbles into the defense, Smith flung up a tough, off-balance runner that banked off the backboard and rolled around the rim before dropping in.
The game-winning basket came just seconds after Smith was whistled for fouling Gerald Green on a three-point attempt, allowing Green to tie the game by hitting all three free-throws. Green also had a chance to claim a victory at the buzzer, but his three-pointer was no good.
Smith did considerably better here than he did against the Knicks earlier in the week, when he badly airballed a potential game-winning jumper.
The Detroit News reported that he was happy with the result this time around.
“The last time I had the opportunity in New York I settled for a jump shot and (learned to) be aggressive. I learned from that play I made and I wanted to put the onus on the officials and I was able to get a good look at it.”
Smith finished with a game-high 25 points (on 11-for-16 shooting), 11 rebounds and five assists. Greg Monroe added 20 points (on 6-for-14 shooting), 12 rebounds and four assists for Detroit.
Frye gave Phoenix a team-high 21 points (on 7-for-14 shooting) and three rebounds. P.J. Tucker added 17 points (on 6-for-13 shooting) and 11 rebounds in a losing effort.
The Pistons improved to 16-22 with the win. The Suns dropped to 21-15 with the loss.