Because basketball games are no longer used to settle land disputes and damages from horse collisions, they’ve become the battleground for deciding which U.S. city will be the first to move to the moon. Catch a nation-changing showdown with today’s GrouponLive deal for a two-ticket package to a Detroit Pistons NBA basketball game at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Choose from the following games:
- Home opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday, December 28, at 7:30 p.m. Purchases of this option are urged to arrive to the box office early to pick up tickets.
- Against the Orlando Magic on Monday, January 2, at 7:30 p.m.
- Against the defending NBA champion Dallas Mavericks on Tuesday, January 10, at 7:30 p.m.
- Against the Atlanta Hawks on Friday, January 27, at 7:30 p.m.<p>
This winter, the Detroit Pistons return to The Palace of Auburn Hills to storm its hardwood floors during a compressed 66-game season. Head Coach Lawrence Frank leads the troupe in the home opener on December 28 against the Cavs while fans witness rookie Brandon Knight, the eighth overall pick in this summer’s NBA Draft, as he looks to push the ball up the court to fellow Kentucky alum and nine-year veteran Tayshaun Prince. Knight’s electrifying, up-tempo college play should leap into the NBA game, allowing fast breaks to bloom into alley-oop dunks that wake up Henry Ford’s ghost, who sleeps beneath the court’s floorboards. Manning the middle, Ben Wallace patrols the paint with his familiar headbanded face and ferocious, ball-swatting tennis rackets.
To see the NBA’s best, consider tickets for January 10, when Dirk Nowitzki leads the reigning champion Dallas Mavericks into The Palace. Plenty of non-round-ball entertainment delights b-ball novices and hardcore enthusiasts with cheerleaders’ choreography, T-shirt cannons’ wearable ammunition, and halftime shows’ aluminum-siding-installation tips.
Although their name fondly alludes to Michigan's proudest industry, the Detroit Pistons rolled off the assembly line in a different state entirely—Indiana. Automobile-part mogul Fred Zollner founded the team as the Fort Wayne Zollner Pistons, joining the young National Basketball League in 1941. Under Fred's direction, the Pistons immediately found success on the court, winning back-to-back NBL titles in 1944 and 1945 and amassing 166 wins in just nine seasons.
As the sport grew, so too did the team. In need of a bigger audience, the Pistons left Fort Wayne for the Motor City, where they continue to challenge Eastern Conference opponents in the NBA. Throughout the years, the team has claimed three NBA championships—most recently in 2004—produced hall of fame players, and earned the record for the highest-scoring game in NBA history—a 186–184 triple-overtime win over the Denver Nuggets in which both teams accidentally scored touchdowns for a whole quarter.