Two nights ago the Pistons were blown out by the Milwaukee Bucks by 21 after shooting 21.4-percent from distance. Wednesday evening, the Pistons scorched the Miami Heat by 23 after shooting 51.6-percent from the long line, 104-81. These are the games Stan Van Gundy dreams of.
After being "called out" by Khris Middleton for being too soft, Andre Drummond had himself a near 20-20, finishing with 18 points on 18 shots, 20 rebounds and two steals. He also had a season high five blocks, more than league-leading blocker Hassan Whiteside. He also had a very nice/clumsy/physical drive to the basket for an and one. But he doesn't like contact.
Reggie Jackson had himself a nice night shooting 7-for-12 (4-for-5 from long range) for 18 points to go with 7 assists opposite 1 turnover. Marcus Morris had a good outing getting 14 points, six rebounds and a steal. Anthony Tolliver, who has been struggling from the long line for most of the season, hit 4-for-6 from distance for 12 points, five rebounds and two steals.
The lone negative for the Pistons would be the play of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Stanley Johnson. Shooting 2-for-15 and 3-for-12 respectively, their defense allowed them to stay on the floor.