On the front end of a tough back-to-back, Stan Van Gundy rode his bench heavily tonight and it actually paid off.
The Pistons fell behind early, going into halftime trailing by six. But Andre Drummond was dominant offensively coming out of the half, putting up 15 of his 21 points to help put the Pistons back in the lead.
It wasn't a pretty game, but it was a Pistons win. Jason Brunskowski pointed out the faults in the Pistons ball movement, and it certainly wasn't zipping tonight. Detroit finished with just 12 assists as a team opposite 12 turnovers.
Three starters finished with fewer than 30 minutes, including the franchise duo of Drummond and Reggie Jackson. Spencer Dinwiddie was competent as SVG leaned on him for heavier minutes, and Stanley Johnson and Aron Baynes both had particularly strong performances off the bench.
Jackson helped close things out down the stretch with eight fourth-quarter points. Marcus Morris also broke out of a slump with 16 points on 14 shots along with 11 rebounds.
Overall, it was the nice kind of unpretty game that good teams win over the course of 82 games. An unmemorable one, but then they probably shouldn't all be.
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