The Detroit Pistons will hope to ride a small bit of momentum into the regular season after coming back to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 90-89 on Tuesday evening in the final seconds.
After losing 91-87 in Detroit on Friday, the Pistons prevailed in another tight contest against the Cavaliers in their final preseason game after Damien Wilkins stole Omri Casspi's pass with six seconds in regulation and Austin Daye hit a pair of free throws. Luke Harangody missed a final chance for Cleveland when his 10-footer missed.
Daye had a fine game for Detroit, accumulating 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks. He also made 2-4 three-pointers and 7-7 free throws, including the two decisive ones to win the game.
In fact, the Pistons were excellent from the free throw line all night, making 30-33, but were poor from the field, hitting just 37.1 % overall.
Detroit opens its regular season schedule on the road when they take on the Indiana Pacers on Dec. 26. They follow that game with eight more games against Eastern Conference teams, starting with their home opener on Dec. 28 against the Cavaliers.