It was pretty evident from early on that the Portland Trail Blazers played the day before and the Detroit Pistons did not. Detroit was in control of the game pretty much the whole way, but started making their move in the third quarter to bump their lead to double-digits. By the time the fourth quarter was a couple minutes old the energetic Pistons were a step or two too quick for the lethargic Trail Blazers and it was over from there. The Pistons took care of business, won 111-91, and are now back at .500 at 26-26.
During Blake Griffin’s first two Pistons games the bench was not up to snuff, yet on this night they scored 45 points with eight threes and 11 assists. It was just that kind of shooting game, as the team shot a cool 15-of-30 from downtown.
Griffin turned in another superb all-around effort with 20 points, nine rebounds and six assists. Here’s an assist not many other power forwards can pull off with such ease:
Andre was active with 17 points, 17 rebounds and three blocks. Reggie Bullock hit 3-of-5 from deep and the sun will come up tomorrow.
Former Northwestern walk-on Reggie Hearn (two-way contract player) played his first career NBA minutes and drained his first shot as well, a three-pointer just seconds after entering the game in the fourth quarter. Congratulations, Reggie!
Oakland University star Kay Felder also saw his first action with Detroit since they signed him to a two-way deal last month.
Portland (29-25) was paced by Damian Lillard’s 20 points on 17 shots.
The Pistons are back at it Wednesday at home versus Spencer Dinwiddie and the Brooklyn Nets.