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San Antonio Spurs: A night of struggles in Detroit

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DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Tobias Harris #34 and Luke Kennard #5 of the Detroit Pistons defends against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of NBA game at Little Caesars Arena on December 30, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Pistons defeated the Spurs 93-79. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - DECEMBER 30: Tobias Harris #34 and Luke Kennard #5 of the Detroit Pistons defends against Kawhi Leonard #2 of the San Antonio Spurs in the second half of NBA game at Little Caesars Arena on December 30, 2017 in Detroit, Michigan. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. The Pistons defeated the Spurs 93-79. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)
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It wasn’t a night to remember, for the San Antonio Spurs, who fell to the Detroit Pistons.

To wrap up 2017, the San Antonio Spurs started a road trip in Detroit, with a game against the Pistons. It was an opportunity to finish the year on a four-game winning streak. However, after a handful of issues, the Spurs fell to the Pistons, 93-79, which developed after a strong second half from the Pistons.

It started with struggles on the Spurs’ end. Kawhi Leonard‘s 18 points led the way, but on just 4-for-11 shooting. He played a season-high 28 minutes, as San Antonio continues to get their star player into full-time form.

LaMarcus Aldridge recorded a double-double, with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Like Leonard, it was on a low field-goal mark of 6-for-15.

Aside from these players, the only Spurs to shoot above 50 percent on at least 5 field-goal attempts, were Kyle Anderson (4-for-7) and Pau Gasol (4-for-9). Otherwise, it was a struggle for the Silver and Black to get anything going from the field, as the team shot just 36.9 percent (19.2 from behind the arc).

As for the Pistons, Andre Drummond dominated the boards. He pulled in 21 rebounds and scored 14 points, overwhelming the Spurs and acting as a force.

Rookie Luke Kennard delivered one of his best performance of the season, too. His 20 points were second, behind Reggie Bullock‘s 22. They were behind the team’s 44.4 percent shooting.

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The Spurs won’t return until Tuesday, Jan. 2 vs. the New York Knicks. It’s at Madison Square Garden, and a continuation of the team’s multi-game road trip.

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