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Pistons win 4th straight in 111-91 rout of Portland

DETROIT (AP) Stan Van Gundy worried over the weekend that the Detroit Pistons were becoming too reliant on Blake Griffin.

That wasn't a problem Monday night.

Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 for their fourth straight victory. Detroit had 36 assists on 44 field goals and had six players with at least 12 points.

''I didn't really think we moved the ball that much at the start of the game, but then we really got it going,'' said Van Gundy, Detroit's coach. ''The best part is that you look how many guys got involved - it wasn't just one or two guys with a bunch. Once you start moving the ball, it gets contagious.''

Detroit has won three in a row with Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. Following a win over Miami on Saturday, Van Gundy said the Pistons might be playing through Griffin too much. He still led Detroit in scoring Monday, but the Pistons had plenty of threats.

''They had one action - dribble handoff out of the corner - and they kept getting down to the center of our defense,'' Portland's Damian Lillard said. ''Once guys get confident and get to making shots, it's hard to stop.''

The victory pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Griffin had 21 points, nine rebounds and six assists, and did a good bit of his offensive damage from the perimeter, making three 3-pointers. Anthony Tolliver added 15 points for Detroit, and Reggie Bullock and Langston Galloway contributed 13 apiece.

Lillard scored 20 points and C.J. McCollum added 14 for the Blazers, who lost again after falling at the buzzer at Boston on Sunday. Portland was without Evan Turner on Monday because of a left calf injury.

Detroit led by 13 in the second quarter and was up 49-43 at halftime. The Pistons pushed the lead to double digits again in the third. A 9-0 run capped by Luke Kennard's 3-pointer made it 75-57.

Detroit was never seriously threatened in the fourth, and the game ended with several seldom-used reserves on the court.

TIP-INS

Trail Blazers: Lillard is six points shy of Jerome Kersey for fifth place on the franchise's career scoring list.

Pistons: Dwight Buycks (illness) missed the game. ... Detroit has won five in a row against Portland. The teams meet again March 17 at Portland.

PULLING EVEN

Drummond now has 266 double-doubles since entering the NBA in 2012-13. He's tied with DeMarcus Cousins for the most in that span.

GETTING COMFORTABLE

Drummond and Griffin seem to be developing some chemistry together, and they combined for 11 assists.

''It can only get better from here,'' Drummond said. ''He's going a great job of adjusting right now. We didn't really understand what was going to happen when we first got him. We didn't know how long it was going to take for him to adjust, but him being the professional that he is, he adjusted very quickly.''

TOUGH STRETCH

The Blazers went 0-3 in a four-day stretch that included road games against Toronto, Boston and Detroit.

''That's part of the NBA schedule. You play back-to-backs, you play three in four nights,'' Portland coach Terry Stotts said. ''I don't think anybody uses that as an excuse.''

UP NEXT

Trail Blazers: Host the Charlotte Hornets on Thursday night.

Pistons: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
Min. Per Game
Pts. Per Game
Ast. Per Game
Reb. Per Game
Field Goal %
Three Point %
Free Throw %
+ 2 Willie Reed made dunk, assist by Langston Galloway 0:12
  Offensive rebound by Henry Ellenson 0:19
  Henry Ellenson missed driving layup 0:22
  Offensive rebound by Langston Galloway 0:32
  Kay Felder missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Willie Reed 0:45
  Jake Layman missed free throw 0:47
  Shooting foul on Langston Galloway 0:47
+ 2 Jake Layman made driving layup 0:47
  Bad pass turnover on Kay Felder, stolen by Jake Layman 0:51
+ 3 Pat Connaughton made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Jake Layman 1:01
Team Stats
Points 91 111
Field Goals 37-94 (39.4%) 44-87 (50.6%)
3-Pointers 10-33 (30.3%) 15-30 (50.0%)
Free Throws 7-8 (87.5%) 8-12 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 47 58
Offensive 13 10
Defensive 31 41
Team 3 7
Assists 18 36
Steals 10 7
Blocks 4 4
Turnovers 13 15
Fouls 14 14
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 5 REB, 5 AST
17 PTS, 17 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Trail Blazers 29-25 2023242491
home team logo Pistons 26-26 22273032111
Team Stats
away team logo Trail Blazers 29-25 105.5 PPG 43.5 RPG 19.0 APG
home team logo Pistons 26-26 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
D. Lillard PG 26.9 PPG 4.5 RPG 6.6 APG 43.9 FG%
B. Griffin PF 19.8 PPG 6.6 RPG 6.2 APG 43.3 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Lillard PG 20 PTS 5 REB 5 AST
B. Griffin PF 21 PTS 9 REB 6 AST
39.4 FG% 50.6
30.3 3PT FG% 50.0
87.5 FT% 66.7
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 37 20 5 5 2 1 5 2 8/17 1/5 3/3 1 4 33 -12
C. McCollum 29 14 2 1 1 1 1 3 6/15 2/6 0/0 1 1 19 -28
J. Nurkic 25 10 5 2 1 2 1 3 5/10 0/0 0/0 0 5 21 -9
A. Aminu 29 9 13 1 3 0 2 1 3/11 1/5 2/2 2 11 25 -20
M. Harkless 23 6 0 2 1 0 0 2 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 0 11 -9
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Lillard 37 20 5 5 2 1 5 2 8/17 1/5 3/3 1 4 33 -12
C. McCollum 29 14 2 1 1 1 1 3 6/15 2/6 0/0 1 1 19 -28
J. Nurkic 25 10 5 2 1 2 1 3 5/10 0/0 0/0 0 5 21 -9
A. Aminu 29 9 13 1 3 0 2 1 3/11 1/5 2/2 2 11 25 -20
M. Harkless 23 6 0 2 1 0 0 2 3/5 0/2 0/0 0 0 11 -9
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
P. Connaughton 18 11 1 3 0 0 0 0 3/4 3/3 2/2 1 0 18 -6
S. Napier 25 8 1 3 1 0 2 0 3/12 2/6 0/0 0 1 14 -5
J. Layman 4 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 2/4 1/1 0/1 0 0 8 0
E. Davis 17 4 10 0 0 0 2 3 2/5 0/0 0/0 6 4 12 -6
C. Swanigan 4 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 3 0
Z. Collins 15 2 4 0 0 0 0 0 1/8 0/3 0/0 0 4 6 -5
M. Leonard 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 0
N. Vonleh 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 0
E. Turner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Wilcox - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Baldwin IV - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 91 44 18 10 4 13 14 37/94 10/33 7/8 13 31 172 -100
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 30 21 9 6 0 0 3 2 9/20 3/7 0/0 1 8 39 +18
A. Drummond 33 17 17 5 1 3 4 4 7/12 0/0 3/4 5 12 44 +12
R. Bullock 34 13 6 3 3 0 0 0 4/8 3/5 2/3 0 6 28 +22
S. Johnson 33 8 4 4 1 1 3 3 3/10 1/3 1/2 1 3 19 +16
I. Smith 28 7 2 7 2 0 1 1 3/8 0/0 1/1 0 2 24 +14
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
B. Griffin 30 21 9 6 0 0 3 2 9/20 3/7 0/0 1 8 39 +18
A. Drummond 33 17 17 5 1 3 4 4 7/12 0/0 3/4 5 12 44 +12
R. Bullock 34 13 6 3 3 0 0 0 4/8 3/5 2/3 0 6 28 +22
S. Johnson 33 8 4 4 1 1 3 3 3/10 1/3 1/2 1 3 19 +16
I. Smith 28 7 2 7 2 0 1 1 3/8 0/0 1/1 0 2 24 +14
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Tolliver 26 15 7 1 0 0 1 0 6/9 3/6 0/0 0 7 23 +16
L. Galloway 18 13 1 6 0 0 1 2 5/8 3/5 0/0 1 0 25 +3
L. Kennard 23 12 2 4 0 0 1 1 5/7 1/2 1/2 0 2 21 +11
R. Hearn 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0 3 -3
W. Reed 2 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -3
K. Felder 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 1 0 0 -3
H. Ellenson 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 0 1 -3
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Moreland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 233 111 51 36 7 4 15 14 44/87 15/30 8/12 10 41 230 +100