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Griffin scores 30, leads Pistons past Magic 120-115 in OT

DETROIT (AP) Andre Drummond's bad habits bother Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.

Luckily for Casey and the Pistons, Drummond's good moments can win basketball games.

Drummond put up his version of a triple-double on Wednesday and the Pistons notched a crucial 120-115 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.

Drummond had 14 points, 11 offensive rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds to record his 11th career ''Moses Malone triple-double.'' Only Malone (24) and Dennis Rodman (17) have recorded more since the ABA-NBA merger.

''Andre's the best rebounder in the league - it isn't even close - and that's a huge asset,'' Casey said.

Drummond, though, doesn't impress his coach as a point guard, especially when he tries to go coast-to-coast after a rebound.

''Andre and I are going to have a heart-to-heart talk about his sashays down the court,'' he said. ''Those aren't winning plays, because teams aren't going to let a center dribble down the floor and score. It might happen once a month.''

Drummond finished with 11 of the game's 22 rebounds. Detroit ended up with a 14-8 edge on the boards.

''That was the game,'' Magic coach Steve Clifford said. ''In the last 42 seconds, we were up two and got two stops, but they got three offensive rebounds and tie the game.''

Blake Griffin scored 30 points for the Pistons, who won for the third time in 11 games and moved a half-game ahead of Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings. Detroit had six players with at least 13 points.

''I thought we were sluggish, which is understandable coming off a West Coast trip, but we dug down defensively,'' Griffin said. ''In overtime, we were getting stops and forcing them into shots that we wanted. That was great.''

Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each scored 24 points for Orlando, which had won two in a row after a four-game losing streak.

''We had to find a way to win that game,'' Ross said. ''We didn't play a consistent defensive game. We weren't physical enough in the third quarter.''

Detroit led by as many as 11 in the fourth quarter, but Vucevic helped pull the Magic within 105-104 with 3:23 to play and tied it at 107 with 2:14 to go. D.J. Augustin followed with a layup to put Orlando ahead, and the teams went scoreless on their next possessions.

Drummond's tip-in tied the game at 109-all, and Vucevic missed a jumper with 20.4 seconds left.

''It was a good play, but no one makes every shot,'' Clifford said. ''We scored 109 points in regulation, and if we defend the way we are capable, we win the game. This wasn't about making shots.''

Griffin ran down the clock, but missed a jumper at the end of regulation.

Detroit scored the first four points of overtime, but Ross answered with a pair of 3-pointers.

''I raised T from a pup, and I'm thrilled that he's become one of the best shooters in the game,'' said Casey, who coached Ross in Toronto during his first five seasons. ''I just wish he wouldn't do it against us.''

Both teams struggled to score after that, and the Magic called a timeout with 42.5 seconds left, trailing 117-115.

Vucevic missed a hook, and Griffin hit a layup in traffic to give Detroit a four-point lead.

The Magic shot 67.5 percent from the floor in the first half, but the Pistons were able to hold the margin to 63-58 with a 6-1 rebounding advantage on the offensive glass and nine free throws to Orlando's three. Vucevic and Ross had 15 each for the Magic, while Griffin led Detroit with 12.

Ish Smith's 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 75-74 lead late in the third quarter, and Griffin's nine points in the period helped Detroit take a 90-84 lead into the fourth.

The Pistons reserves, supplemented by Drummond, started the final period with a 7-2 run to expand the margin to 11 with 9:45 to play.

TIP INS

Magic: Orlando has lost 20 of its last 26 games in Detroit. They trail this season's series 2-1, with the final game on March 28 at Little Caesars Arena.

Pistons: Detroit, which leads the league in offensive-rebound margin, had 10 or more for the 30th time this season. . Griffin came into the game averaging 20.2 points in 13 career games against Orlando, his lowest average against any team other than 18.7 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

DRUMMOND'S PERSONAL STAT

Drummond's 11 triple-doubles of points, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds is four more than any active player (Tyson Chandler 7) and more than twice than the players in third (Hassan Whiteside, Dwight Howard 4). This season, he has three of the league's five with Whiteside and Clint Capela each having one.

UP NEXT

Magic: Host the Brooklyn Nets on Friday.

Pistons: Host the Miami Heat on Friday.

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Key Players
N. Vucevic
9 C
B. Griffin
23 PF
36.1 Min. Per Game 36.1
25.4 Pts. Per Game 25.4
5.2 Ast. Per Game 5.2
8.2 Reb. Per Game 8.2
52.5 Field Goal % 48.0
52.6 Three Point % 47.7
76.0 Free Throw % 75.7
  ORL team rebound 0:00
  Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Blake Griffin made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:03
  DET team rebound 0:03
  Blake Griffin missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:04
  Personal foul on Jonathan Isaac 0:03
  Personal foul on Aaron Gordon 0:04
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:04
  Evan Fournier missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:09
+ 2 Blake Griffin made driving layup, assist by Reggie Jackson 0:14
  Defensive rebound by Blake Griffin 0:29
Team Stats
Points 115 120
Field Goals 47-94 (50.0%) 44-92 (47.8%)
3-Pointers 14-39 (35.9%) 12-30 (40.0%)
Free Throws 7-13 (53.8%) 20-25 (80.0%)
Total Rebounds 47 59
Offensive 8 14
Defensive 29 33
Team 10 12
Assists 29 26
Steals 6 4
Blocks 3 4
Turnovers 11 10
Fouls 21 16
Technicals 0 1
24 PTS, 13 REB, 3 AST
30 PTS, 4 REB, 5 AST
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away team logo Magic 19-25 342921256115
home team logo Pistons 19-24 2632321911120
Team Stats
away team logo Magic 19-25 93.0 PPG 45 RPG 18.3 APG
home team logo Pistons 19-24 92.5 PPG 44.5 RPG 22.5 APG
Key Players
N. Vucevic C 13.0 PPG 9.3 RPG 4.0 APG 38.2 FG%
B. Griffin PF PPG RPG APG 0.0 FG%
Top Scorers
N. Vucevic C 24 PTS 13 REB 3 AST
B. Griffin PF 30 PTS 4 REB 5 AST
50.0 FG% 47.8
35.9 3PT FG% 40.0
53.8 FT% 80.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 24 13 3 11/22 2/4 0/1 1 37 1 0 2 4 9 -1 42
E. Fournier 18 2 5 7/15 3/9 1/2 2 39 1 0 2 0 2 -9 29
D. Augustin 13 3 7 6/12 1/4 0/0 1 32 0 0 0 1 2 +1 30
A. Gordon 12 8 2 5/11 0/3 2/2 6 37 1 0 2 2 6 -3 23
J. Isaac 10 3 2 4/7 2/5 0/0 4 32 0 0 2 0 3 +1 15
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
N. Vucevic 24 13 3 11/22 2/4 0/1 1 37 1 0 2 4 9 -1 42
E. Fournier 18 2 5 7/15 3/9 1/2 2 39 1 0 2 0 2 -9 29
D. Augustin 13 3 7 6/12 1/4 0/0 1 32 0 0 0 1 2 +1 30
A. Gordon 12 8 2 5/11 0/3 2/2 6 37 1 0 2 2 6 -3 23
J. Isaac 10 3 2 4/7 2/5 0/0 4 32 0 0 2 0 3 +1 15
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Ross 24 2 1 8/14 6/12 2/3 4 33 1 1 1 0 2 -4 29
I. Briscoe 6 4 5 3/7 0/1 0/1 2 20 1 0 2 0 4 -6 19
W. Iwundu 5 1 1 2/3 0/1 1/2 1 17 1 1 0 0 1 0 10
K. Birch 3 1 3 1/3 0/0 1/2 0 15 0 1 0 1 0 -4 11
T. Mozgov - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Grant - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Jefferson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Caupain - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Martin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Simmons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Bamba - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 115 37 29 47/94 14/39 7/13 21 262 6 3 11 8 29 -25 208
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 30 4 5 11/18 1/2 7/10 2 40 0 2 2 0 4 0 44
A. Drummond 14 22 1 7/15 0/0 0/0 2 38 0 1 3 11 11 -12 36
R. Jackson 13 3 4 5/12 2/3 1/1 1 30 0 0 1 1 2 -1 23
R. Bullock 13 0 6 5/12 3/10 0/0 1 38 0 0 2 0 0 +4 23
B. Brown 8 3 1 3/4 2/2 0/0 3 21 0 1 0 0 3 +11 14
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 30 4 5 11/18 1/2 7/10 2 40 0 2 2 0 4 0 44
A. Drummond 14 22 1 7/15 0/0 0/0 2 38 0 1 3 11 11 -12 36
R. Jackson 13 3 4 5/12 2/3 1/1 1 30 0 0 1 1 2 -1 23
R. Bullock 13 0 6 5/12 3/10 0/0 1 38 0 0 2 0 0 +4 23
B. Brown 8 3 1 3/4 2/2 0/0 3 21 0 1 0 0 3 +11 14
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Kennard 14 4 2 6/10 1/3 1/1 2 25 1 0 0 0 4 +2 23
L. Galloway 13 3 1 4/9 2/6 3/3 0 20 1 0 0 1 2 -6 19
I. Smith 6 2 3 1/7 1/2 3/4 3 22 0 0 1 0 2 +6 13
Z. Pachulia 6 3 3 2/3 0/1 2/2 2 14 0 0 1 1 2 +16 14
S. Johnson 3 3 0 0/2 0/1 3/4 0 12 2 0 0 0 3 +5 8
K. Lucas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Calderon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 120 47 26 44/92 12/30 20/25 16 260 4 4 10 14 33 +25 217