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Short-handed Pistons shut down Spurs in 93-79 win

DETROIT (AP) Before the game, Stan Van Gundy sounded like a coach with limited options as his undermanned Detroit Pistons prepared to face San Antonio.

''Some guys who haven't had to play primary scorers are going to have to step up tonight and guard better people,'' Van Gundy said. ''There's just no way around it. Guys are going to have to step up and take more defensive responsibility.''

Van Gundy could hardly have imagined that a few hours later, he would be marveling at his team's defensive performance after the Pistons held the Spurs to their lowest point total of the season in a 93-79 victory on Saturday night.

''It was really a team effort tonight,'' Van Gundy said. ''Everybody we put in made a contribution.''

Playing without starting guards Reggie Jackson (right ankle sprain) and Avery Bradley (sore right groin), the Pistons never trailed. Reggie Bullock scored 22 points for Detroit and rookie Luke Kennard added 20 - both were career highs.

Andre Drummond had 14 points and 21 rebounds for the Pistons.

Kawhi Leonard scored 18 points for San Antonio, which shot 37 percent from the field and 5 of 26 from 3-point range.

''Stan had them prepared mentally,'' Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. ''We tried to battle back, got back in it here and there, but kept making the same mistakes. So, the Pistons got a good victory. They deserved it.''

Detroit led 24-13 after the first, which equaled San Antonio's lowest-scoring quarter of the season. It was 35-20 before the Pistons hit a dry spell of their own toward the end of the half. A 16-4 run by the Spurs left Detroit with only a three-point lead at halftime.

The Pistons managed to maintain their advantage, though. Kennard's outside shooting gave Detroit a lift on a night when neither team was impressive offensively, and Bullock was sharp throughout in just his 12th start of the season.

''No matter who goes down, we've got other players that's able to step up,'' Bullock said. ''We're just doing it together as a team.''

Detroit led 63-57 after three quarters, and it looked like it would be a tense game down the stretch, but the Pistons broke it open early in the fourth. A layup by Bullock after a San Antonio turnover made it 78-63.

ON THE BOARDS

All those missed shots by San Antonio left Drummond with plenty of rebounds - 17 of his 21 were at the defensive end. Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first quarter and finished with at least 20 for the 39th time in his career.

He also had six assists.

''It's commonplace with him to have a lot of rebounds, and so a lot of times, you don't give him enough credit,'' Van Gundy said. ''I thought that he was another guy, though, that his defensive disposition early in the game was the best it's been all year.''

HIGHLIGHT

Detroit's Ish Smith made a nifty play in the first half when he flipped the ball to himself, caught it while sailing through the air, and tossed an alley-oop to Drummond.

QUIET NIGHT

LaMarcus Aldridge scored only 15 points for the Spurs. It was just the eighth time this season he did not lead his team in scoring.

TIP-INS

Spurs: San Antonio was missing F Rudy Gay (right heel bursitis). ... The Spurs' lowest-scoring game previously was when they scored 86 points at Minnesota on Nov. 15.

Pistons: In addition to Jackson and Bradley, Detroit was also without F Stanley Johnson (strained right hip flexor). ... Kennard's previous high was 14 points and Bullock's was 20.

UP NEXT

Spurs: Visit the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

Pistons: Visit the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
L. Aldridge
12 PF
A. Drummond
0 C
32.5 Min. Per Game 32.5
14.3 Pts. Per Game 14.3
3.6 Ast. Per Game 3.6
15.0 Reb. Per Game 15.0
49.1 Field Goal % 53.4
49.3 Three Point % 53.4
84.5 Free Throw % 62.6
  Defensive rebound by Luis Montero 0:14
  Dejounte Murray missed layup 0:16
  Lost ball turnover on Langston Galloway, stolen by Dejounte Murray 0:21
+ 2 Brandon Paul made dunk, assist by Dejounte Murray 0:39
  Lost ball turnover on Luis Montero, stolen by Dejounte Murray 0:40
  Offensive rebound by Dwight Buycks 0:41
  Henry Ellenson missed jump shot 0:46
+ 2 Bryn Forbes made layup, assist by Joffrey Lauvergne 0:56
  Out of bounds turnover on Luis Montero 1:08
  Defensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver 1:15
  Bryn Forbes missed jump shot 1:18
Team Stats
Points 79 93
Field Goals 31-84 (36.9%) 36-81 (44.4%)
3-Pointers 5-26 (19.2%) 8-24 (33.3%)
Free Throws 12-13 (92.3%) 13-16 (81.3%)
Total Rebounds 52 50
Offensive 10 6
Defensive 36 39
Team 6 5
Assists 18 22
Steals 8 10
Blocks 5 1
Turnovers 14 11
Fouls 13 11
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 11 REB, 1 AST
14 PTS, 21 REB, 6 AST
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away team logo Spurs 25-12 1323212279
home team logo Pistons 20-15 2415243093
Team Stats
away team logo Spurs 25-12 96.8 PPG 37.6 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Pistons 20-15 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
K. Leonard SF PPG RPG APG FG%
R. Bullock SF 11.3 PPG 2.5 RPG 1.5 APG 48.9 FG%
Top Scorers
K. Leonard SF 18 PTS 2 REB 3 AST
R. Bullock SF 22 PTS 1 REB 0 AST
36.9 FG% 44.4
19.2 3PT FG% 33.3
92.3 FT% 81.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 27 18 2 3 1 1 4 3 4/11 1/3 9/9 0 2 24 -21
L. Aldridge 33 15 11 1 0 2 0 1 6/15 0/1 3/4 5 6 30 -11
P. Gasol 21 8 10 1 0 0 3 0 4/9 0/2 0/0 3 7 17 -14
D. Green 18 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 2/6 2/4 0/0 0 1 8 -20
T. Parker 20 4 4 2 0 0 3 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 0 4 9 -22
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
K. Leonard 27 18 2 3 1 1 4 3 4/11 1/3 9/9 0 2 24 -21
L. Aldridge 33 15 11 1 0 2 0 1 6/15 0/1 3/4 5 6 30 -11
P. Gasol 21 8 10 1 0 0 3 0 4/9 0/2 0/0 3 7 17 -14
D. Green 18 6 1 0 1 0 0 0 2/6 2/4 0/0 0 1 8 -20
T. Parker 20 4 4 2 0 0 3 1 2/6 0/1 0/0 0 4 9 -22
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Forbes 24 10 0 0 0 0 0 2 4/12 2/6 0/0 0 0 10 -1
K. Anderson 19 8 7 2 2 0 0 2 4/7 0/1 0/0 1 6 21 +8
M. Ginobili 18 4 2 2 0 1 1 0 2/6 0/3 0/0 0 2 10 -1
D. Murray 12 4 3 1 2 1 3 2 2/6 0/2 0/0 0 3 9 +11
B. Paul 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 4 +7
P. Mills 17 0 2 4 2 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 1 1 12 -6
D. Bertans 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
J. Lauvergne 9 0 2 2 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2 6 +1
R. Gay - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Costello - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 232 79 46 18 8 5 14 13 31/84 5/26 12/13 10 36 160 -70
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Bullock 34 22 1 0 0 0 1 3 9/14 4/7 0/0 0 1 22 +11
I. Smith 30 18 3 4 1 0 1 0 6/15 0/0 6/6 0 3 29 +12
A. Drummond 38 14 21 6 3 0 0 3 6/11 0/0 2/4 4 17 50 +16
T. Harris 34 12 6 5 0 0 2 0 5/13 0/4 2/2 0 6 26 +20
A. Tolliver 26 1 7 1 2 0 0 2 0/4 0/4 1/2 0 7 12 +1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Bullock 34 22 1 0 0 0 1 3 9/14 4/7 0/0 0 1 22 +11
I. Smith 30 18 3 4 1 0 1 0 6/15 0/0 6/6 0 3 29 +12
A. Drummond 38 14 21 6 3 0 0 3 6/11 0/0 2/4 4 17 50 +16
T. Harris 34 12 6 5 0 0 2 0 5/13 0/4 2/2 0 6 26 +20
A. Tolliver 26 1 7 1 2 0 0 2 0/4 0/4 1/2 0 7 12 +1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Kennard 30 20 1 1 3 0 0 1 7/12 4/5 2/2 0 1 26 +19
D. Buycks 17 4 3 3 1 0 3 0 2/5 0/1 0/0 2 1 11 +2
B. Marjanovic 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 0 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 2 -1
E. Moreland 4 0 1 2 0 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 5 +3
L. Galloway 16 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0/4 0/3 0/0 0 0 0 -5
L. Montero 1 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 -1 -4
H. Ellenson 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Bradley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 93 45 22 10 1 11 11 36/81 8/24 13/16 6 39 182 +70