Pistons outscored the Timberwolves 68-47 in the second half. That’ll do it.
The teams kept things pretty tight in the first half with Zach LaVine and Andrew Wiggins attacking the rim for Minnesota. But their offense dried up as the Pistons defense tightened.
The Pistons defense was particularly tough on the perimeter, allowing just 2-15 from behind the arc.
They couldn’t find their offense Wednesday night in Charlotte, but the Pistons didn’t have any trouble scoring tonight.
All five starters scored double figures, as did Jon Leuer playing in front of his hometown crowd off the bench.
Andre Drummond followed up one of his best games of the season against the Hornets with another great one in Minneapolis. He finished with 22 points and 22 rebounds, along with 10-13 shooting. It was his first back to back 20/20 game since November 3, 2015. There was also this:
The Pistons also had one of their better games slinging the ball around finishing with 23 assists with only seven turnovers. Ish Smith wasn’t among the crew scoring in double figures, but he was brilliant off the bench - offering 8 points, 6 assists, and a pair of steals without a single turnover.
Marcus Morris took a shot to the face from an Adreian Payne elbow late in the fourth, which was ruled a flagrant two and led to Payne’s ejection. Morris didn’t return, but was able to walk off the court after taking a few minutes to let the stars clear.
With the big fourth quarter lead, Stan Van Gundy was able to clear the bench - including getting Rice Lake, Wisconsin native Henry Ellenson into the game. Western Wisconsin is basically Minnesota and Ellenson had family in the crowd. He gave them a thrill with a three pointer just seconds after getting onto the court.
It was a nice win to get the Pistons back on track after a rather ugly loss to the Hornets. They could build some momentum as the Pistons host the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday before road games against the Dallas Mavericks and Washington Wizards.
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