Reggie Jackson scores 23 points, Pistons rout Suns 131-107
ABS-CBN Sports on Nov 30, 2017 10:46 AM
FILE - AUBURN HILLS, MI - NOVEMBER 10: Reggie Jackson #1 of the Detroit Pistons heads to the locker room after the game against the Atlanta Hawks on November 10, 2017 at Little Caesars Arena in Auburn Hills, Michigan. (Photo by Chris Schwegler/NBAE via Getty Images)
By Dave Hogg, Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Reggie Jackson scored 23 points and the Detroit Pistons beat the Phoenix Suns 131-107 on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time) for their third straight victory.
Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley each scored 20 points, and Andre Drummond had 13 points and matched a career-best with seven assists in Detroit’s highest-scoring game of the season. The Pistons improved to 14-6 overall, 8-2 at home in their first season at Little Caesars Arena, and 7-1 against the Western Conference.
Devin Booker led the Suns with 22 points, and rookie Josh Jackson had a career-high 20. Phoenix has lost four out of five and is 1-2 on a six-game trip.
The Suns were coming off a 104-99 victory in Chicago on Tuesday night (Wednesday, PHL time), while Detroit had Tuesday (Wednesday, PHL time) off after a 10-point victory in Boston.
Harris scored 14 points and the Pistons had a season-best 36 points in the first quarter. Detroit shot 62.5 percent in the period to build a 17-point lead.
Phoenix continued to struggle in the second, falling behind by 32 points. Detroit led 69-41 at halftime, outshooting the Suns 63 percent to 44.7 percent. Harris had 16 points in the half, and Reggie Jackson added 15.
The Pistons led by as many as 36 in the second half.
Suns: One night after using seven-footers Tyson Chandler and Dragan Bender as his starting center and power forward in Chicago, Suns coach Jay Triano changed things against the Pistons. Marquese Chriss and former Piston Greg Monroe started, while Chandler didn’t enter the game until the fourth quarter.
Pistons: Drummond hit all three free-throw attempts against Phoenix, and is shooting 63 percent from the line this season. Drummond entered the season as the worst free-throw shooter in NBA history, having made 38.1 percent of his attempts over five seasons.
Suns: At Boston on Saturday (Sunday, PHL time).
Pistons: At Washington on Friday night (Saturday, PHL time).