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Christian Wood, bench boost help Pistons stomp Spurs

Detroit — This was a far cry from the rugged Pistons-Spurs tussles, say circa 2005 when the two slugged it out in the NBA Finals.

Both teams came in with 13 losses, the Spurs with one more win (seven). Both teams, unlike their 2005 predecessors, struggle mightily on the defensive end. Both teams, unlike the efficient, versatile and explosive 2005 teams, are erratic and careless on the offensive end.

But you know what, this current group of Pistons could not care less about what it used to look like. At the quarter pole of the season, they’re just trying to find some traction before this season slips completely out of their grasp.