The Palace of Auburn Hills

Clippers can't keep pace with the Pistons and lose for first time on road

Clippers can't keep pace with the Pistons and lose for first time on road

When the Clippers awoke from their day after Thanksgiving snooze and decided to do what they do best and that’s play defense, they pulled themselves out of a deep hole they were in against the Detroit Pistons.

But even as the Clippers came out of their slumber and took a lead after trailing big for much of the game, eventually their deficiencies led to a 108-97 defeat to the Pistons Friday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Clippers’ vaunted defense was shredded right from the start, their inability to get meaningful stops a big reason why they had their four-game winning streak snapped and their record go to 14-3.

They surrendered 35 points in the...

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