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Griffin helps Pistons knock off Bulls 112-104

CHICAGO (AP) Blake Griffin had bags of ice on each of his knees, and he soaked his feet in a tub of ice water. Andre Drummond also had bags of ice on each knee.

Detroit coach Dwane Casey said he was looking for fighters down the stretch, and his two biggest stars answered the call.

Griffin scored 16 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter after he felt a pinch in his lower right leg, and the Pistons rallied to beat the Chicago Bulls 112-104 on Friday night for their fourth straight victory.

''I thought that fourth quarter showed what we are made of,'' Casey said.

Drummond finished with 20 points and 24 rebounds after playing the entire second half of Detroit's ninth victory in its last 10 games against Chicago. Reggie Jackson scored 21 points, and reserve Langston Galloway finished with 15.

Griffin missed much of the third quarter after he tweaked something in his leg early in the second half. But he returned for the start of the fourth and went 7 for 10 from the field in the period, helping Detroit (33-31) improve to 11-2 in its last 13 games.

''I felt fine coming back out there,'' he said. ''Tested it in the hallway and they gave me the green light and felt fine that fourth quarter. So no issues really for me.''

Zach LaVine scored 24 points for Chicago (19-48), which led by as many as 21 in the first half. Otto Porter Jr. had 23 points and eight assists, and Lauri Markkanen finished with 18 points.

Markkanen's layup tied it at 88 with 7:06 left, but Detroit responded with a 10-0 run. Griffin made a layup and Drummond scored on a floater to make it 98-88 with 4:50 remaining.

''I'm hoping this is a learning moment,'' Bulls coach Jim Boylen said. ''We played about as well in the first half as you can play. ... We came out in that third quarter and I thought our energy was poor.''

It was the first half of a rare home-and-home set between the Central Division rivals. The Pistons host the Bulls on Sunday.

Chicago got off to a fast start with a 21-2 run in the second quarter that featured an impressive offensive sequence by Porter. The versatile forward made two foul shots and a pullup jumper before finding Shaquille Harrison for a layup. He then scored six straight points, converting a layup and two jumpers.

LaVine added two more layups to make it 53-37 with 4:50 left in the first half. The Bulls shot 65 percent (28 for 43) on their way to a 66-49 lead at the break.

''It's frustrating but we need to stick together and try to look at the positives,'' Markkanen said. ''We did have a really good first half and we can build on that.''

GETTING IT DONE

The 6-foot-11 Drummond went 9 for 15 from the field in his 17th straight double-double - the longest active streak in the NBA. He also blocked two shots and grabbed three steals.

''He played the entire second half because we were searching for that intensity,'' Casey said. ''He protected the rim. He got in there, he rebounded some tough rebounds and got some buckets for us down the stretch.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Led by Griffin, the Pistons went 16 for 21 from the field while outscoring the Bulls 43-24 in the fourth. ... Luke Kennard scored 14 points. ... Galloway went 3 for 3 from 3-point range.

Bulls: F Chandler Hutchison (right toe) had a follow-up scan on his foot this week that showed ''good bone healing,'' according to trainer Jeff Tanaka. The No. 22 pick in last year's draft hasn't played since Jan. 25, and could miss the rest of the season. Tanaka said Hutchison will get another scan in two weeks.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Go right back on the road after Sunday's game against Chicago, visiting the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.

Bulls: After their trip to Detroit, the Bulls return home to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
B. Griffin
23 PF
Z. LaVine
8 PG
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
23.8 Pts. Per Game 23.8
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
47.1 Field Goal % 46.8
46.9 Three Point % 46.7
74.7 Free Throw % 83.3
  Robin Lopez missed hook shot 0:11
+ 1 Langston Galloway made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:21
  DET team rebound 0:21
  Langston Galloway missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:21
  Personal foul on Kris Dunn 0:21
+ 2 Zach LaVine made driving dunk, assist by Otto Porter Jr. 0:23
+ 1 Luke Kennard made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:26
+ 1 Luke Kennard made 1st of 2 free throws 0:26
  Personal foul on Zach LaVine 0:26
  Out of bounds turnover on Zach LaVine 0:27
  Defensive rebound by Zach LaVine 0:33
Team Stats
Points 112 104
Field Goals 45-83 (54.2%) 42-82 (51.2%)
3-Pointers 9-27 (33.3%) 5-17 (29.4%)
Free Throws 13-21 (61.9%) 15-23 (65.2%)
Total Rebounds 52 42
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 34 27
Team 11 7
Assists 23 20
Steals 5 9
Blocks 9 4
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 19 18
Technicals 1 0
20 PTS, 24 REB, 2 AST
23 PTS, 4 REB, 8 AST
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away team logo Pistons 33-31 24252043112
home team logo Bulls 19-48 30361424104
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 33-31 108.0 PPG 47.3 RPG 26.0 APG
home team logo Bulls 19-48 107.3 PPG 49 RPG 25.5 APG
Key Players
B. Griffin PF 24.5 PPG 7.5 RPG 5.4 APG 46.2 FG%
Z. LaVine PG 23.7 PPG 4.7 RPG 4.5 APG 46.7 FG%
Top Scorers
B. Griffin PF 27 PTS 3 REB 3 AST
Z. LaVine PG 24 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
54.2 FG% 51.2
33.3 3PT FG% 29.4
61.9 FT% 65.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 27 3 3 10/19 3/9 4/5 2 33 0 0 3 1 2 -2 33
R. Jackson 21 1 2 10/18 1/5 0/0 1 22 1 0 2 0 1 -5 25
A. Drummond 20 24 2 9/15 0/1 2/5 3 43 3 2 2 3 21 +8 51
B. Brown 4 2 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 2 25 0 2 0 0 2 -6 8
W. Ellington 2 0 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 22 1 0 2 0 0 -9 5
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
B. Griffin 27 3 3 10/19 3/9 4/5 2 33 0 0 3 1 2 -2 33
R. Jackson 21 1 2 10/18 1/5 0/0 1 22 1 0 2 0 1 -5 25
A. Drummond 20 24 2 9/15 0/1 2/5 3 43 3 2 2 3 21 +8 51
B. Brown 4 2 0 2/4 0/1 0/0 2 25 0 2 0 0 2 -6 8
W. Ellington 2 0 2 1/4 0/2 0/0 2 22 1 0 2 0 0 -9 5
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
L. Galloway 15 0 2 4/5 3/3 4/5 5 21 0 0 1 0 0 +17 18
L. Kennard 14 2 3 5/8 2/4 2/2 2 27 0 0 0 0 2 +13 22
I. Smith 7 6 7 3/7 0/1 1/2 1 24 0 2 4 2 4 +14 25
T. Maker 2 3 1 1/3 0/1 0/2 1 15 0 3 1 1 2 +6 9
G. Robinson III 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 +4 2
K. Lucas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Mykhailiuk - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Z. Pachulia - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Calderon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 112 41 23 45/83 9/27 13/21 19 235 5 9 15 7 34 +40 198
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 24 6 2 9/18 1/3 5/10 3 38 1 1 5 1 5 -1 31
O. Porter Jr. 23 4 8 9/13 1/4 4/4 1 34 2 0 1 0 4 +8 44
L. Markkanen 18 6 2 7/16 2/6 2/2 2 35 1 0 1 0 6 -4 28
R. Lopez 13 4 0 6/13 0/0 1/1 5 36 0 1 4 2 2 +1 14
K. Dunn 7 7 3 3/6 1/2 0/0 3 28 2 1 2 1 6 +5 21
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
Z. LaVine 24 6 2 9/18 1/3 5/10 3 38 1 1 5 1 5 -1 31
O. Porter Jr. 23 4 8 9/13 1/4 4/4 1 34 2 0 1 0 4 +8 44
L. Markkanen 18 6 2 7/16 2/6 2/2 2 35 1 0 1 0 6 -4 28
R. Lopez 13 4 0 6/13 0/0 1/1 5 36 0 1 4 2 2 +1 14
K. Dunn 7 7 3 3/6 1/2 0/0 3 28 2 1 2 1 6 +5 21
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
R. Arcidiacono 9 4 3 4/5 0/0 1/2 1 19 0 0 2 1 3 -13 17
W. Selden Jr. 5 1 0 2/3 0/1 1/2 1 15 0 1 0 1 0 -13 7
S. Harrison 4 2 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 1 13 1 0 1 1 1 -2 8
T. Luwawu-Cabarrot 1 0 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 10 2 0 0 0 0 -12 5
C. Felicio 0 1 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 1 0 -9 1
D. Valentine - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Blakeney - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Sampson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Alkins - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Carter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Hutchison - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 104 35 20 42/82 5/17 15/23 18 235 9 4 16 8 27 -40 176