Detroit's head coach Stan Van Gundy has mostly been curt in discussing Dinwiddie's exit, mostly praising the point guard's turnaround in Brooklyn.
The Pistons overcame a 15-point third-quarter deficit to put a nose in front when center Andre Drummond made a short bank shot with 4.7 seconds left.
Hassan Whiteside had 21 points and 13 rebounds, and Goran Dragic scored 17 points for the Heat. This time around, he was held to just seven points and 13 rebounds. Some have suggested he's a contender for Most Improved Player in the National Basketball Association. He recognized that and took care to note that it was a big win for the Nets as a whole. The big man, who sat extended minutes due to foul trouble, came up big to get his team the one-point lead. The team showed a video tribute between the first and second quarters.
Anthony Gaston and Ivy Smith Jr. scored 16 points apiece and Grambling rolled to a 72-45 victory on Saturday night to snap Jackson State's six-game winning streak in the Southwestern Athletic Conference. The Nets guard hit countless clutch shots down the stretch, including the game victor with 0.9 seconds left. After being stuck in a three-game shooting slump, Dinwiddie appears to be back to his best. However, he was a bit more revealing in his pregame presser on Monday. "We liked Spencer a lot, we had a good relationship with his agent, they asked us to make that trade and we did".
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After controlling the clinch and getting the takedown, MacDonald was stood back up before being able to inflict any damage of note.
"He had to fight his ways back as a G League guy... We've got to do a better job of playing with a lead and it shouldn't have even come down to the fourth quarter". Dinwiddie made his way to the paint, got the up-and-under to go down through traffic with 0.9 left on the clock. A lot of lasting relationships. "I'm happy for Spencer, because he was here, obviously, but I'm happier for the team".
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"I felt like we were focused and locked in tonight", said Rondae Hollis-Jefferson, who finished with 21 points, eight rebounds and seven assists for the Nets. He also matched his career-high in three pointers made with two from behind the arc, both were in the third quarter and were crucial considering that the Pistons were making a run.
The Pistons picked Dinwiddie in the second round of the 2014 draft, despite a knee injury, and he played 46 games for them over two seasons.