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Pistons’ Cade Cunningham goes Steph Curry mode, drains shot from logo

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Cade Cunningham went all out for his first 3-pointer in the NBA. The Detroit Pistons’ rookie channeled his inner Stephen Curry by sinking a 35-foot shot to beat the shot clock. The Pistons ended up losing in Cunningham’s third career game to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 109-98.

Cunningham missed Detroit’s first four games and hasn’t exactly set the league on fire through his first two games, where he posted eight total points and five assists through both contests. In his third game, he posted 18 points, 11 rebounds (a game-high) and four assists on 4-17 shooting from the floor and 9-10 shooting from the free-throw line. In addition to the long triple, Cunningham flashed the ability to finish tough shots by making a layup over Joel Embiid — one of the league’s best and most intimidating interior defenders — not once, but twice.

For such an intensely hyped-up young talent to get off to a slow start is somewhat disappointing but there’s no real reason to start doubting Cunningham. His stellar all-around game might just need some more time getting acclimated to the professional level. On a Pistons team with no serious expectations, he has the freedom to go through and learn from growing pains.

The Pistons’ next game presents another challenge: Kevin Durant and the Brooklyn Nets, who will visit Detroit on Friday night.