Griffin scores 37, Pistons hold off Pelicans 98-94
ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 24, 2019 11:45 AM
Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans guard Elfrid Payton (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Blake Griffin scored 20 of his game-high 37 points in the first quarter, and Reggie Bullock grabbed a loose ball and slammed home a dunk with 14.5 seconds left to lift the Detroit Pistons to a 98-94 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans on Wednesday night (Thursday, PHL time).
Reggie Jackson added 17 points for the Pistons, who withstood a late rally by New Orleans to stop a two-game skid.
Jrue Holiday scored 29 points and Jahlil Okafor added 17 for the Pelicans, who have lost 4-of-6 and were playing without star forward Anthony Davis.
The Pistons led 95-87 with 1:32 remaining, but New Orleans cut the deficit to 95-92 on a drive by Jrue Holiday and a three-pointer by Darius Miller with 52.5 seconds left.
Frank Jackson missed a three-point attempt to tie it, and Holiday tapped the ball out front, where Bullock picked it up and dribbled the length of the floor for the game-sealing dunk.
The Pistons missed five of their first six shots of the fourth quarter to allow New Orleans to rally after trailing 79-70.
Nikola Mirotic gave the Pelicans their first lead since early in the first quarter with a three-pointer from the left wing, making it 82-81 with 7:41 left and capping a 12-2 run.
Detroit responded with drive by Langston Galloway and a wide-open three-pointer by Jackson, who then hit another triple to make it 89-82.
Griffin scored 20 of Detroit's 31 points in the first quarter and had 26 by halftime on 9-of-14 shooting, with the Pistons leading 57-47.
Pistons: Coach Dwane Casey said C Andre Drummond, who sustained a concussion early in a Jan. 18 (Jan. 19, PHL time) win over Miami, felt "spry and full of energy" in shootaround, but he still missed his third consecutive game.
Pelicans: Davis missed his second straight game with a fracture of his left index finger. He may miss another one to two weeks.
Pistons: Will end a three-game trip at Dallas on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time).
Pelicans: Visit Oklahoma City on Thursday night (Friday, PHL time). The Pelicans have 10 games left in a monthlong stretch in which they have a flight between each of 16 games.