Tonight, the Detroit Pistons defeated the Miami Heat, 112-103 and for the first time since 2007, the Pistons went 5-0 on a homestand.
Tobias Harris had a game-high 25 points while Reggie Jackson pitched in 17 points and 4 assists. Avery Bradley scored 24 points and Andre Drummond collected 17 rebounds. In the post-game, Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy commented on Drummond’s free throws down the stretch:
“That was huge, right? It was huge to make those two big ones down the stretch. Fantastic. And then a 20-rebound night. Yeah, pretty good night for him.”
Detroit’s bench jump-started the Pistons offense tonight, scoring 40 points and most surprisingly, Luke Kennard had the best game of his young career. Kennard played pivotal minutes in the fourth quarter, scoring a career-high 14 points. Ish Smith continued his excellent season, pitching in 11 points and 7 assists.
As a team, the Pistons shot 50% from downtown, hitting 14 of 28 shots from behind the arc. Detroit also out-rebounded Miami 54 to 39. The Heat hit 11 three-pointers in the first half but they cooled off in the second, only hitting 2 of 14. Hassan Whiteside led the Heat in scoring with 20 points while Goran Dragic scored 18 points with 7 assists.
The Detroit Pistons will look to make it six in a row when they visit Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Milwaukee Bucks Wednesday at 8pm EST / 5pm PST.