The Detroit Pistons (3-2) took care of business on Wednesday night, defeating the new-look Minnesota Timberwolves (2-3) 122-101 at Little Caesar’s Arena.
Detroit was led by a stellar scoring effort from Tobias Harris, who poured in 34 points on six threes. All five starters for the Pistons put up double digits in points, also followed by sophomore Henry Ellenson, who scored 14 points off the bench.
Stanley Johnson finally showed signs of life at LCA, scoring 15 points in the starting lineup.
Out the gate, Detroit once again saw struggles for the third straight game. The Timberwolves scored the first nine points of the game, creating a worrying atmosphere within the home arena, as Detroit looked to be on the verge of seeing its third 21 point deficit in a row.
Fortunately for the fans in attendance, the Pistons made sure that wouldn’t be the case. In the second quarter, the Pistons outscored the Timberwolves 40-18. The Pistons ended the second quarter with a 63-44 lead.
Detroit’s performance was also in large part due to a glaring stat for the Timberwolves, as pointed out by Keith Langlois.
The Pistons continued to build their point total in the third quarter, opening up the first five minutes of second-half action with a 79-57 lead. At the start of the fourth quarter, the Pistons lead 91-73.
The Pistons will try to repeat this performance when they head out to the Staples Center and face the Los Angeles Clippers (3-0).