Detroit Pistons starting point guard Brandon Jennings scored 26 points in a loss to Eastern Conference powerhouse Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami on Monday night. Jennings’ stellar performance marks the 19th time this season that the point guard has scored 20 or more points in a game. The Pistons are now 1-2 against Miami this season after splitting the first two games with them back in December.
The Pistons are 6-13 this season in games in which Jennings scored 20 or more points. In three out of six of these wins, he was the leading scorer. The Philadelphia 76ers are no strangers to witnessing the 24-year-old go off for 20 points in a win. On Dec. 1, Jennings scored 20 points at home in a 115-110 victory against the 76ers. Two months later, on Feb. 1, Jennings once again finished with 20 points in a 113-96 home victory against the visiting Sixers. The other four victories have come against the Chicago Bulls (92-75 on Dec. 7), the Boston Celtics (107-106 on Dec. 18), the Cleveland Cavaliers (115-92 on Dec. 23), and the Orlando Magic (103-87 on Jan. 28).
Jennings has been the leading scorer a total of seven times this season in games in which he has scored at least 20 points. In four of these seven games, however, the Pistons came up short of a victory. On Nov. 11, Jennings posted 28 points in a 109-103 loss to the Portland Trailblazers. Nine days later, on Nov. 20, he put up 21 points in a 93-85 loss to the Atlanta Hawks. On Jan. 8, Jennings had 22 points in a 112-91 loss to the Toronto Raptors. Sixteen days later, he once again posted 28 points in a 103-101 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. Aside from the game against the Pelicans, the rest of these losses came when the Pistons were on the road.
With Monday night’s win over the Pistons, the Heat improve to 34-13 on the season and remain the number two seed in the East, behind only the Indiana Pacers. The Pistons, on the other hand, have dropped to 19-28. They are still a few games short of playoff contention behind the eighth-seeded Charlotte Bobcats (21-28).
The Pistons take on the Orlando Magic (13-37) at Amway Center in Orlando on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. EST.