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Pistons win again with Griffin, 111-107 over Heat

DETROIT (AP) Blake Griffin's first few days with the Detroit Pistons were a bit of a whirlwind.

Detroit was able to win two close games with him, but coach Stan Van Gundy sees a lot of room for improvement.

''I've got to get it figured out offensively,'' Van Gundy said. ''I'm not helping him or us a lot. You could actually see today in the early fourth quarter, we were actually a lot smoother when he was out because we were just playing.

''I've got this great player now, and so we're just sort of playing to him all the time, and the defense is all loaded up.''

Andre Drummond had 23 points and 20 rebounds, and Griffin made a key 3-pointer in the final minute to lift the Pistons to a 111-107 victory over the Miami Heat on Saturday night. Whatever Van Gundy's issues were with the offense, they didn't prevent Detroit from scoring 35 points in the final quarter.

Ish Smith added 25 points for the Pistons, including a late 3-pointer of his own. Detroit has won three in a row, the last two with Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade .

Griffin's 3-pointer with 44 seconds to play put the Pistons ahead 108-101, but Goran Dragic responded with a four-point play, making a 3-pointer while being fouled with 32 seconds left. Detroit ran the clock down on the next possession, and Smith sank his only 3-point attempt of the game, from the right corner with 14 seconds to play.

''We played that the way we wanted, but Griffin made the pass and Smith stepped up and hit the 3,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''It doesn't matter if he's not known as a 3-point shooter, he made that one when they really needed it.''

Dragic scored 33 points for the Heat, who have lost three in a row. Miami was without center Hassan Whiteside, who was out with an illness.

Smith, who has struggled at times while trying to replace injured point guard Reggie Jackson, went 11 of 14 from the field and finished three points shy of his career high. His previous season high was 19 points.

Griffin had 16 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.

''Just a little more tired today - the adrenaline wore off a little bit, just the toll of the week,'' Griffin said. ''It's amazing to see all these guys step up and play so well.''

TIP-INS

Heat: Olynyk and Josh Richardson scored 19 points for the Heat, and James Johnson added 18.

Pistons: Langston Galloway scored 13 points, surpassing 2,000 for his career. ... Detroit was without G Luke Kennard (foot) and G Dwight Buycks (illness).

BIG NIGHT

Drummond had at least 20 points and 20 rebounds for the sixth time this season. He has 19 20-20 games since 2012-13.

He also had four steals, four blocks and six turnovers. He was the first player with at least 20 points, 20 rebounds, four steals and four blocks since Hakeem Olajuwon on Dec. 22, 1989.

IMPORTANT EDGE

Drummond and Griffin had nearly as many rebounds as the entire Miami team, and the Pistons finished with a 49-33 advantage in that category.

''They are really tough, because they've got two of the best rebounders in the league, especially Drummond,'' Olynyk said. ''You have to stop him, and then you've got to stop Griffin, who has all that strength and that vertical leap. You have to find a way, but it isn't easy.''

UP NEXT

Heat: Host the Orlando Magic on Monday night.

Pistons: Host the Portland Trail Blazers on Monday night.

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Key Players
H. Whiteside
21 C
B. Griffin
23 PF
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
22.6 Pts. Per Game 22.6
5.4 Ast. Per Game 5.4
8.0 Reb. Per Game 8.0
55.8 Field Goal % 43.8
55.8 Three Point % 44.0
73.6 Free Throw % 78.8
+ 2 James Johnson made jump shot 0:00
  Offensive rebound by James Johnson 0:04
  Josh Richardson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
+ 3 Ish Smith made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Blake Griffin 0:14
+ 1 Goran Dragic made free throw 0:32
  Shooting foul on Ish Smith 0:32
+ 3 Goran Dragic made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Josh Richardson 0:32
+ 3 Blake Griffin made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Ish Smith 0:43
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 1:00
  Josh Richardson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:07
  Out of bounds turnover on Anthony Tolliver 1:24
Team Stats
Points 107 111
Field Goals 44-91 (48.4%) 44-84 (52.4%)
3-Pointers 14-36 (38.9%) 9-26 (34.6%)
Free Throws 5-7 (71.4%) 14-17 (82.4%)
Total Rebounds 37 55
Offensive 7 13
Defensive 26 36
Team 4 6
Assists 30 23
Steals 13 7
Blocks 4 5
Turnovers 11 17
Fouls 14 12
Technicals 1 1
33 PTS, 2 REB, 6 AST
23 PTS, 20 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Heat 29-24 26242730107
home team logo Pistons 25-26 27272235111
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 29-24 103.4 PPG 41 RPG 23.8 APG
home team logo Pistons 25-26 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
G. Dragic PG 17.3 PPG 4.1 RPG 4.8 APG 45.0 FG%
I. Smith PG 10.9 PPG 2.7 RPG 4.4 APG 48.6 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Dragic PG 33 PTS 2 REB 6 AST
I. Smith PG 25 PTS 4 REB 7 AST
48.4 FG% 52.4
38.9 3PT FG% 34.6
71.4 FT% 82.4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 35 33 2 6 2 1 0 2 13/23 4/6 3/3 0 2 50 -3
J. Richardson 36 19 1 6 3 1 2 2 8/13 3/6 0/0 0 1 34 -2
K. Olynyk 40 19 8 5 1 0 2 1 9/19 1/8 0/0 2 6 36 +10
B. Adebayo 23 4 5 0 0 1 0 2 2/5 0/0 0/2 1 4 10 -11
J. Winslow 24 0 6 3 1 1 2 1 0/6 0/1 0/0 0 6 12 -6
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Dragic 35 33 2 6 2 1 0 2 13/23 4/6 3/3 0 2 50 -3
J. Richardson 36 19 1 6 3 1 2 2 8/13 3/6 0/0 0 1 34 -2
K. Olynyk 40 19 8 5 1 0 2 1 9/19 1/8 0/0 2 6 36 +10
B. Adebayo 23 4 5 0 0 1 0 2 2/5 0/0 0/2 1 4 10 -11
J. Winslow 24 0 6 3 1 1 2 1 0/6 0/1 0/0 0 6 12 -6
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Johnson 28 18 5 7 2 0 3 2 7/12 3/6 1/1 3 2 36 -5
W. Ellington 29 11 5 1 2 0 0 3 4/9 2/7 1/1 1 4 20 +2
T. Johnson 21 3 1 2 2 0 2 1 1/4 1/2 0/0 0 1 8 -5
H. Whiteside - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Waiters - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Jones Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 107 33 30 13 4 11 14 44/91 14/36 5/7 7 26 206 -20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Smith 39 25 4 7 1 0 1 1 11/14 1/1 2/2 0 4 43 +8
A. Drummond 35 23 20 1 4 4 6 2 11/15 0/0 1/3 7 13 47 +16
B. Griffin 36 16 9 7 1 0 3 4 6/19 1/6 3/4 4 5 37 +2
S. Johnson 34 13 7 2 0 0 3 2 4/10 0/2 5/5 0 7 21 +9
R. Bullock 35 8 3 1 1 0 2 1 3/7 2/5 0/0 0 3 12 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Smith 39 25 4 7 1 0 1 1 11/14 1/1 2/2 0 4 43 +8
A. Drummond 35 23 20 1 4 4 6 2 11/15 0/0 1/3 7 13 47 +16
B. Griffin 36 16 9 7 1 0 3 4 6/19 1/6 3/4 4 5 37 +2
S. Johnson 34 13 7 2 0 0 3 2 4/10 0/2 5/5 0 7 21 +9
R. Bullock 35 8 3 1 1 0 2 1 3/7 2/5 0/0 0 3 12 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Tolliver 27 13 5 1 0 0 1 1 5/8 3/5 0/0 1 4 19 +3
L. Galloway 20 13 0 4 0 1 1 0 4/8 2/6 3/3 0 0 21 -4
W. Reed 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -1
H. Ellenson 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 0 1 -11
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kennard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 111 49 23 7 5 17 12 44/84 9/26 14/17 13 36 201 +20