Pistons win again with Griffin, 111-107 over Heat
ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 04, 2018 10:51 AM
Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) dunks the ball against the Miami Heat during the first half of an NBA basketball game Saturday, Feb. 3, 2018, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
By Noah Trister, Associated Press
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Blake Griffin made a key three-pointer in the final minute to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 111-107 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night (Sunday, PHL time).
Ish Smith added 25 points for the Pistons, including a late three-pointer of his own. Detroit has won three in a row, the last two with Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade.
Griffin's three-pointer with 44 seconds to play put the Pistons ahead 108-101, but Goran Dragic responded with a four-point play, making a three-pointer while being fouled with 32 seconds left. Detroit ran the clock down on the next possession, and Smith sank his only three-point attempt of the game, from the right corner with 14 seconds to play.
Dragic scored 33 points for the Heat, who have lost three in a row. Miami was without center Hassan Whiteside, who was out with an illness.
Smith, who has struggled at times while trying to replace injured point guard Reggie Jackson, went 11-of-14 from the field and finished three points shy of his career-high. His previous season high was 19 points.
Griffin had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.
Heat: Kelly Olynyk and Josh Richardson scored 19 points for the Heat, and James Johnson added 18.
Pistons: Langston Galloway scored 13 points, surpassing 2,000 for his career. ... Detroit was without G Luke Kennard (foot) and G Dwight Buycks (illness).
Drummond had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the sixth time this season. He has 19 20-20 games since 2012-13.
He also had four steals, four blocks and six turnovers.
Heat: Host the Orlando Magic on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).
Pistons: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night (Tuesday, PHL time).