After getting killed from start to finish in game 2, many felt the real Pistons had shown up, and the Sixers were done for. People were calling the Sixers game 1 victory a fluke, and I heard many say that Detroit would finish the series in 5.
Well all of those nay sayers were wrong. The Sixers never die attytude once again was in full effect for game 3 as they easily beat the Pistons 95-75.
The game was close in the early third, but then the Sixers defense just locked down. The Pistons went on an awful 0-18 scoring drought, and the Sixers ran away with the win.
Samuel Dalembert probably had the best game of his career as he chipped in with 22 points, 16 rebounds, and 2 blocked shots. Dalembert has really improved his game this year, and he looks like he finally “gets it”.
Andre Miller and Reggie Evans also played very well. The team defense should be credited the most for this victory. After playing well in garbage time of game 2, Rodney Carney has been given some minutes by head coach Maurice Cheeks, and he made the best of them. It’s great to see him contributing.
The biggest reason for the win was the great team defense by the Sixers. When that zone is on they can be a shut down team.
Hopefully they can carry the momentum of this great win over to game 4.