Pistons rout Trail Blazers 111-101 for fourth straight victory

Pistons rout Trail Blazers 111-101 for fourth straight victory

Pistons rout Trail Blazers 111-101 for fourth straight victory

Damian Lillard had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists but didn't have almost enough help as Portland (29-25) finished 0-3 on a trip that included stops at Toronto and Boston.

Stan Van Gundy staggered Drummond and Griffin to keep one of them on the floor at all times in the minutes that mattered and it paid off.

Ish Smith failed to make much of an impact in the first half, but started cooking with gas in the second. Drummond leads the National Basketball Association in rebounding (15.3) and is posting career highs in assists (3.8) and steals (1.7) and minutes (33.1) this season.

The Blazers shot only.394 from the field, including 10 for 33 from 3-point range. Almost every player who suited up for Portland tonight scored, but only Dame recorded more than 15 points.

Stanley Johnson, seizing on opportunity created by the trading of Avery Bradley and Tobias Harris, got whatever credit was left over for successful stints guarding everyone from LeBron James to Damian Lillard. He is averaging 15 points, a league-leading 15.3 rebounds and a career-high 3.8 assists per game this season. Detroit acquired him last week in the same deal that sent Blake Griffin to the Pistons.

Lillard has recorded at least five assists in 15 of his past 16 games.

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The Detroit Pistons (26-26) made it four in a row on Monday, beating the Portland Trail Blazers (29-25) 111-91 behind strong defense and a season-high 36 assists. The teams meet again March 17 at Portland.

The 27-year-old Reed is averaging 4.6 points and 2.9 rebounds this season.

The Pistons have been installed as four-point favorites, but about the only trend they have going in their favor is a 14-6-1 mark against the spread in their last 21 inter-conference games.

Detroit is coming off a 2017-18 campaign in which it won a respectable nine regular-season games, but missed out on the playoffs. Joe Young added 17 as Indiana's six-game home winning streak ended.

The Blazers were unable to get the deficit under double digits. He still led Detroit in scoring Monday, but the Pistons had plenty of threats. After the game, Griffin hunted down the game ball and gave it to Hearn. That is easier said than done because of Nurkic's size, but Griffin should have his way against Al-Farouq Aminu.

"If you watch his teams, they get better", he said. It nearly bit them against Miami with Goran Dragic scoring 33, but stopping both Lillard and McCollum might be too much to overcome as Portland will escape with a 109-106 victory. Tip-off time is 7 pm EST.

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