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Harris scores 34, Pistons rout Timberwolves 122-101

DETROIT (AP) Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy has been waiting for his team to start playing better in transition.

Against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Detroit did everything he wanted and more.

The Pistons outscored the Minnesota Timberwolves 24-0 in fast-break points on their way to an easy 122-101 victory.

''Counting the playoffs, I've coached something like 900 games in this league, so I can't remember all of them,'' he said. ''I might have seen a disparity like that before, but it is certainly rare.''

The Pistons forced 14 turnovers, matching their season-low, but took advantage of the lethargic Timberwolves off missed shots. Andre Drummond had 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who pulled down 83 percent of Minnesota's misses.

''We're getting better defensively, Andre makes us a great rebounding team and our point guards are moving the ball,'' Van Gundy said. ''We want to run, and those are the things that made it possible.''

Tobias Harris matched a career high with 34 points, and Detroit had six players score in double figures. Ish Smith had 13 of Detroit's season-high 32 assists.

''Playing team basketball and getting into transition are really important for us,'' said Avery Bradley, who scored 20 points. ''We were able to get stops and get out for easy baskets tonight.''

Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, while Andrew Wiggins added 21. The Timberwolves lost for the second time in two nights.

''Things change very quickly in this league,'' Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''You can be going good, but if you don't come with an edge every night, you're going to get knocked on your butt.''

The Pistons trailed by 21 in the first half of their last two games and allowed Minnesota to score the first nine points Wednesday. This time, they stayed in the game and took the lead early in the second quarter.

Van Gundy started to talk about the poor start, but shook his head.

''We just played 45 minutes of outstanding basketball,'' he said. ''I'm not going to worry about the first three.''

Detroit led 63-44 at halftime after a 40-point second quarter. Harris had 16 points in the half, while Drummond had 10 rebounds.

Minnesota committed six fouls in the first three minutes of the third, allowing the Pistons to stay in control from the free-throw line.

''We need to understand that every player in the league is here for a reason, and every team can beat you,'' Taj Gibson said. ''I think after we beat Oklahoma City on Sunday, we relaxed a little. We have to be better than that.''

Detroit led 91-73 at the end of the quarter and wasn't challenged in a sloppy final 12 minutes.

TIP INS

Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler missed his second straight game with an upper respiratory infection. ... The Timberwolves have lost five in a row to Detroit.

Pistons: Drummond grabbed his 5,000th career rebound in the first quarter, making him the sixth Pistons player to reach that total. ... Stanley Johnson's first-quarter layup was his first made field goal at Little Caesars Arena after a 0-for-15 start.

HARRIS' HOT STREAK

Harris has four career games with more than 30 points, with two of them coming in Detroit's last three games. He's averaging 23.2 points in five games this season, well above his career best of 17.1 for the 2014-15 Orlando Magic.

''Tobias was 6-of-9 on 3s tonight, and he obviously isn't going to do that every night,'' Van Gundy said. ''But if he's getting good looks, we want him to take the shot and we'll live with the results.''

UP NEXT

Timberwolves: Host Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Pistons: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night to start a three-game West Coast trip.

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Key Players
K. Towns
32 C
A. Drummond
0 C
31.3 Min. Per Game 31.3
13.0 Pts. Per Game 13.0
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
12.8 Reb. Per Game 12.8
59.7 Field Goal % 56.3
61.2 Three Point % 55.3
90.5 Free Throw % 72.2
  Defensive rebound by Stanley Johnson 0:06
  Nemanja Bjelica missed driving layup 0:09
+ 3 Henry Ellenson made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Luke Kennard 0:31
  Defensive rebound by Luke Kennard 0:51
  Shabazz Muhammad missed hook shot 0:52
  Defensive rebound by Aaron Brooks 1:08
  Stanley Johnson missed jump shot 1:13
+ 2 Nemanja Bjelica made layup 1:31
  Offensive rebound by Nemanja Bjelica 1:31
  Aaron Brooks missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:34
+ 2 Stanley Johnson made layup, assist by Andre Drummond 1:45
Team Stats
Points 101 122
Field Goals 37-85 (43.5%) 48-92 (52.2%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 15-34 (44.1%)
Free Throws 18-21 (85.7%) 11-17 (64.7%)
Total Rebounds 46 55
Offensive 7 12
Defensive 30 35
Team 9 8
Assists 19 32
Steals 5 7
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 14 15
Fouls 19 22
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 10 REB, 1 AST
34 PTS, 4 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Timberwolves 2-3 26182928101
home team logo Pistons 3-2 23402831122
Team Stats
away team logo Timberwolves 2-3 101.6 PPG 45.2 RPG 22.4 APG
home team logo Pistons 3-2 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Towns C 21.3 PPG 12.3 RPG 2.4 APG 54.5 FG%
T. Harris F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Towns C 23 PTS 10 REB 1 AST
T. Harris F 34 PTS 4 REB 1 AST
43.5 FG% 52.2
36.0 3PT FG% 44.1
85.7 FT% 64.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 36 23 10 1 0 1 3 2 8/16 3/6 4/4 1 9 33 -14
A. Wiggins 35 21 3 1 2 0 5 2 7/12 1/2 6/9 0 3 23 -3
J. Teague 28 18 2 6 1 0 3 5 8/14 2/3 0/0 0 2 30 -10
T. Gibson 24 6 3 3 0 2 1 4 2/5 0/0 2/2 1 2 16 -4
S. Muhammad 28 4 4 1 1 0 0 2 1/9 0/3 2/2 2 2 11 -22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Towns 36 23 10 1 0 1 3 2 8/16 3/6 4/4 1 9 33 -14
A. Wiggins 35 21 3 1 2 0 5 2 7/12 1/2 6/9 0 3 23 -3
J. Teague 28 18 2 6 1 0 3 5 8/14 2/3 0/0 0 2 30 -10
T. Gibson 24 6 3 3 0 2 1 4 2/5 0/0 2/2 1 2 16 -4
S. Muhammad 28 4 4 1 1 0 0 2 1/9 0/3 2/2 2 2 11 -22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Crawford 24 8 3 3 0 0 0 1 3/12 2/5 0/0 0 3 17 -10
G. Dieng 14 8 5 1 0 1 1 2 4/6 0/1 0/0 1 4 15 -8
N. Bjelica 23 7 3 1 0 0 0 0 2/5 1/3 2/2 1 2 12 -17
T. Jones 17 6 3 2 1 0 1 1 2/4 0/1 2/2 1 2 13 -8
A. Brooks 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -3
C. Aldrich 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
M. Georges-Hunt 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -3
J. Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Patton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 101 37 19 5 4 14 19 37/85 9/25 18/21 7 30 171 -105
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 39 34 4 1 2 1 1 3 14/24 6/9 0/0 0 4 42 +17
A. Bradley 30 20 4 3 1 0 0 1 8/17 3/6 1/2 0 4 31 +3
A. Drummond 27 15 15 4 2 1 5 4 6/10 0/0 3/6 7 8 36 +4
S. Johnson 35 15 3 3 1 0 1 3 6/12 1/6 2/2 0 3 24 +1
R. Jackson 24 10 2 4 1 0 0 3 3/6 2/4 2/3 2 0 21 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 39 34 4 1 2 1 1 3 14/24 6/9 0/0 0 4 42 +17
A. Bradley 30 20 4 3 1 0 0 1 8/17 3/6 1/2 0 4 31 +3
A. Drummond 27 15 15 4 2 1 5 4 6/10 0/0 3/6 7 8 36 +4
S. Johnson 35 15 3 3 1 0 1 3 6/12 1/6 2/2 0 3 24 +1
R. Jackson 24 10 2 4 1 0 0 3 3/6 2/4 2/3 2 0 21 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Ellenson 21 14 5 1 0 0 1 0 6/12 2/7 0/0 0 5 20 +24
J. Leuer 18 7 9 0 0 0 4 4 2/4 0/0 3/4 2 7 12 +14
L. Galloway 17 5 1 2 0 1 0 1 2/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 11 +18
I. Smith 21 2 3 13 0 0 3 3 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 2 28 +20
E. Moreland 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +3
L. Kennard 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 +3
A. Tolliver - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 122 47 32 7 3 15 22 48/92 15/34 11/17 12 35 228 +105