MEM
DET

No Text

Griffin scores 24 in Detroit's 104-102 win over Memphis

DETROIT (AP) Blake Griffin was Detroit's best player in his debut with the Pistons.

Griffin had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and although his new team is still very much a work in progress, the Pistons edged the Memphis Grizzlies 104-102 on Thursday night.

Detroit traded for Griffin earlier in the week. The Pistons haven't had much time to work with him, but they were clearly a better team when he played against the Grizzlies.

''We were plus-23 with him on the floor in 35 minutes, so we were fairly dominant in that time,'' coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''I don't know why we haven't gotten to all this in the hour and 15 minutes we've had together, but we've really got to get our spacing down and understand where we want people to be.''

Griffin's teammates looked uncertain at times, but Detroit was able to outlast a Memphis team that is without Tyreke Evans and Mike Conley.

''I wanted to just come out and play hard, being very limited in my knowledge of our offense,'' Griffin said. ''I thought coach Van Gundy did a great job of just putting in five things that we could go to, and we ran them to death, but they worked and everybody just played hard.''

Anthony Tolliver's 3-pointer with 1:49 remaining gave Detroit a 101-100 lead, and the score stayed that way until the final seconds. Marc Gasol attempted to drive on Griffin but missed his shot, and a wild scramble led to a jump ball between Tolliver and Dillon Brooks with 10.4 seconds left.

The Pistons controlled that tip, with Reggie Bullock running the ball down in the corner. Tolliver gave Detroit a three-point lead with a pair of free throws, and then purposely fouled Wayne Selden with 2.6 seconds remaining. Selden made the first free throw and the second went in even though he was trying to miss and give his team a chance at an offensive rebound.

Bullock made it 104-102 when he made the second of two free throws with 2 seconds left. The Grizzlies were out of timeouts, and after Gasol caught the ensuing inbound pass near midcourt, his long attempt at the buzzer wasn't close.

''We can't say that our goal is to give ourselves a chance to win, the goal has to be to win,'' Gasol said. ''We have to go out and grab these games when we have the chance.''

Griffin was the first Detroit starter announced before the game and received a big hand from the crowd. The arena still didn't appear full - the Pistons have struggled with attendance for several years - but the atmosphere was lively, especially during the tight finish.

Griffin's first points came when he powered to the basket and made a shot off the glass. He lobbed a nice alley-oop to All-Star Andre Drummond in the second quarter, although that duo didn't look totally in rhythm together. Drummond had 14 points and 15 rebounds but sat out some of the crucial possessions late.

DISPARITY

Grizzlies interim coach J.B. Bickerstaff received a technical foul early in the fourth quarter and wasn't thrilled about the difference in free throws. Memphis went 14 of 14, but Detroit was 27 of 37.

''The free throws are the bottom line - 37-14. No one can overcome that,'' Bickerstaff said. ''Our guys compete too hard to be put in this situation every night. We've asked the league for help. Maybe someone can sit down with us and tell us what we're doing wrong.''

SMALLER STAFF

Van Gundy said before the game that only two of his seven assistant coaches would be on the bench with him. Tim Hardaway had a funeral to attend, and four others were sick.

''If anybody wants to sit on the bench with me tonight, we have plenty of room,'' Van Gundy said. ''That flu is no joke.''

ANOTHER DEBUT

Detroit received two other players in the trade with the Clippers. Brice Johnson did not play Thursday, but Willie Reed did, picking up three fouls in just 5:22.

TIP-INS

Grizzlies: Evans was not with the team and missed a second straight game amid trade speculation about his future. Conley has a left heel injury. ... Gasol had 19 points and 14 rebounds. ... Memphis dropped to 3-8 on the second night of back-to-backs.

Pistons: Griffin was the first player with at least 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in a debut with the Pistons since Grant Hill (25 points, 10 rebounds and five assists) in 1994.

UP NEXT

Grizzlies: Visit the Toronto Raptors on Sunday.

Pistons: Host the Miami Heat on Saturday night in the third game of a six-game homestand.

---

More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBAbasketball

---

Follow Noah Trister at www.Twitter.com/noahtrister

Copyright 2018 by AP. Any commercial use or distribution without the express written consent of AP is strictly prohibited.

Key Players
M. Gasol
33 C
A. Drummond
0 C
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
14.8 Pts. Per Game 14.8
3.9 Ast. Per Game 3.9
15.3 Reb. Per Game 15.3
41.7 Field Goal % 54.6
41.8 Three Point % 54.9
84.6 Free Throw % 61.4
  Team rebound 0:00
  Marc Gasol missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:00
+ 1 Reggie Bullock made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
  Reggie Bullock missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Team rebound 0:02
  Personal foul on Wayne Selden Jr. 0:02
+ 1 Wayne Selden Jr. made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:02
+ 1 Wayne Selden Jr. made 1st of 2 free throws 0:02
  Personal foul on Anthony Tolliver 0:02
+ 1 Anthony Tolliver made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:06
+ 1 Anthony Tolliver made 1st of 2 free throws 0:06
Team Stats
Points 102 104
Field Goals 40-96 (41.7%) 35-76 (46.1%)
3-Pointers 8-31 (25.8%) 7-25 (28.0%)
Free Throws 14-14 (100.0%) 27-37 (73.0%)
Total Rebounds 57 50
Offensive 10 4
Defensive 39 37
Team 8 9
Assists 22 20
Steals 3 8
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 9 7
Fouls 24 19
Technicals 2 2
19 PTS, 14 REB, 2 AST
24 PTS, 10 REB, 5 AST
1234T
away team logo Grizzlies 18-33 25262526102
home team logo Pistons 24-26 27243122104
Team Stats
away team logo Grizzlies 18-33 99.2 PPG 40.6 RPG 21.1 APG
home team logo Pistons 24-26 103.4 PPG 42.9 RPG 22.8 APG
Key Players
M. Gasol C 17.7 PPG 8.4 RPG 4.0 APG 41.4 FG%
B. Griffin PF 20.4 PPG 8.0 RPG 6.1 APG 40.6 FG%
Top Scorers
M. Gasol C 19 PTS 14 REB 2 AST
B. Griffin PF 24 PTS 10 REB 5 AST
41.7 FG% 46.1
25.8 3PT FG% 28.0
100.0 FT% 73.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 32 19 14 2 0 1 1 0 6/21 1/8 6/6 2 12 37 -19
A. Harrison 33 18 4 8 1 0 2 3 6/14 1/5 5/5 0 4 37 +16
D. Brooks 31 13 4 3 0 0 0 3 5/11 2/5 1/1 0 4 23 -3
J. Martin 27 10 6 2 0 0 2 4 5/11 0/0 0/0 3 3 18 +14
W. Selden Jr. 31 7 2 3 0 0 3 2 2/9 1/5 2/2 1 1 12 -15
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
M. Gasol 32 19 14 2 0 1 1 0 6/21 1/8 6/6 2 12 37 -19
A. Harrison 33 18 4 8 1 0 2 3 6/14 1/5 5/5 0 4 37 +16
D. Brooks 31 13 4 3 0 0 0 3 5/11 2/5 1/1 0 4 23 -3
J. Martin 27 10 6 2 0 0 2 4 5/11 0/0 0/0 3 3 18 +14
W. Selden Jr. 31 7 2 3 0 0 3 2 2/9 1/5 2/2 1 1 12 -15
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Davis 15 12 8 1 0 1 0 2 6/7 0/0 0/0 1 7 23 +16
M. Henry 22 10 0 0 1 0 0 1 4/5 2/3 0/0 0 0 11 +6
J. Green 20 8 7 1 0 0 0 4 4/10 0/2 0/0 2 5 17 -18
J. Ennis III 14 5 3 2 1 1 1 5 2/4 1/1 0/0 1 2 13 -13
B. McLemore 10 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/4 0/2 0/0 0 1 1 +6
M. Conley - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Wright - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Parsons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Chalmers - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Evans - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Rabb - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 102 49 22 3 3 9 24 40/96 8/31 14/14 10 39 192 -10
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 35 24 10 5 0 2 0 3 6/12 1/3 11/13 1 9 46 +23
R. Bullock 35 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 5/10 2/6 3/4 0 2 17 +10
A. Drummond 28 14 15 3 3 1 3 4 7/15 0/0 0/2 2 13 36 +2
S. Johnson 36 14 3 3 1 0 1 1 5/12 2/8 2/2 0 3 23 +16
I. Smith 28 12 5 4 2 0 0 3 5/8 0/0 2/3 0 5 27 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 35 24 10 5 0 2 0 3 6/12 1/3 11/13 1 9 46 +23
R. Bullock 35 15 2 0 0 0 0 0 5/10 2/6 3/4 0 2 17 +10
A. Drummond 28 14 15 3 3 1 3 4 7/15 0/0 0/2 2 13 36 +2
S. Johnson 36 14 3 3 1 0 1 1 5/12 2/8 2/2 0 3 23 +16
I. Smith 28 12 5 4 2 0 0 3 5/8 0/0 2/3 0 5 27 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Buycks 19 13 1 1 1 0 1 2 4/8 0/2 5/6 1 0 16 -9
A. Tolliver 22 8 3 1 0 0 1 2 2/6 2/5 2/2 0 3 12 -16
L. Kennard 20 4 1 2 1 1 1 1 1/3 0/1 2/3 0 1 10 -13
W. Reed 5 0 0 1 0 0 0 3 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 2 +4
E. Moreland 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/2 0 1 1 -8
L. Galloway 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -11
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 104 41 20 8 4 7 19 35/76 7/25 27/37 4 37 190 +10