Game Recap: Pistons destroy Heat 107-84 to end four-game skid
Tonight the Detroit Pistons (7-9) took care of business at home, defeating the Miami Heat (4-10), 107-84. Apparently, Stan Van Gundy’s critical words were heard because from tip-off, the Pistons played inspired on both sides of the ball, hustling on defense and moving the ball on offense.
Throughout the game, the Pistons dominated the glass (49-37) while outshooting the Heat 49% to 36%. The Pistons also outrebounded the Heat 49-37. But most importantly, the Pistons scored 60 points in the paint compared to only 32 for the Heat. Overall, SVG’s Pistons came to play Wednesday night.
In the first quarter, the Pistons jumped out to an early lead 28-16 and did not look back. Andre Drummond dominated the game, posting another double-double. In the first quarter alone, Dre scored 8 points and gathered 3 rebounds with 4 steals. Drummond also locked down Hassan Whiteside, not allowing him to attempt a field goal (0-0).
Overall, Dre finished with 18 points, 15 rebounds, 4 steals, and 4 blocks in only 26 minutes. Dre also had the best +/- of the game (+34).
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had a game high 22 points (7-13) while Tobias Harris stuffed the stat sheet with 17 points (6-14), 6 rebounds, and 3 assists. Power Forward Marcus Morris posted a game high 6 assists.
Jon Leuer continued his effective play off the bench, posting 11 points (4-6 fg, 2-3 3pt) along with 4 rebounds. Backup point guard, Beno Udirh, had one of best games in recent memory with 12 points, 5 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1 steal.
In the first half, Reggie Bullock left with a lower left leg injury and did not return on Wednesday.