The Target Center is just the latest NBA venue to witness a disappointing night by the Detroit Pistons (3-12), as the Minnesota Timberwolves (6-8) came back for a 93-85 win on Wednesday night.
The Pistons led throughout the entire first three quarters and were up by as many as 16 points in the first half, but a 7-0 Timberwolves run to tie the game 71-71 to start the fourth quarter signaled the beginning of the end for Minnesota.
Tayshaun Prince scored a season-high 29 points to lead the Pistons, but the Pistons scored just 14 points in the fourth quarter.
Meanwhile, Kevin Love led Minnesota with 20 points and 17 rebounds, while Ricky Rubio added 9 points, 7 rebounds, 8 assists and 6 steals.
Detroit, now 1-7 on the road, heads home for two games in a row, starting with the Memphis Grizzlies (6-6) on Friday in a game slated to start at 7:30 p.m. eastern followed by a matchup with the Portland Trail Blazers (8-5) the next night, Saturday, also at 7:30 p.m. eastern.
If this keeps up, the Detroit Pistons are not going to want to leave Minneapolis any time soon. Entering the game having lost eight of nine and losers of six of seven on the road overall, the Pistons hold a 42-36 advantage at halftime over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Tayshaun Prince started by missing his first five shots but then made five in a row after that, and he leads the Pistons with 13 points. Rodney Stuckey has come off the bench to add 8 points as rookie Brandin Knight kept the starting spot. Knight is shooting just 1-9 but has contributed with 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Defense has been the key for Detroit, as they have held Minnesota 13-45 (.289) shooting from the field and 3-15 (.200) on three-pointers.
Kevin Love leads Minnesota with 11 points and 9 rebounds, but Ricky Rubio is 0-5 from the field and has not scored.
The Pistons led by as many as 16 in the first half, when they went up 40-24.
The Detroit Pistons are not quite playing like a team that has lost nine of its last ten games, as they lead the Minnesota Timberwolves 20-17 after one quarter of play at the Target Center in Minneapolis.
Ben Gordon leads the Pistons with 6 points in the low-scoring affair in which Ricky Rubio is 0-4 shooting from the field.