Pistons win again with Griffin, 111-107 over Heat

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 04, 2018 10:51 AM
Pistons win again with Griffin, 111-107 over Heat
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).

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