Blake Griffin gets break from scoring load in Detroit Pistons’ 131-114 win over Minnesota
By DAVE HOGG
DETROIT — All too often this season, the Detroit Pistons’ offense has devolved into throwing Blake Griffin the ball and watching whatever happens.
Griffin was happy to see his teammates doing the heavy lifting Wednesday.
On a night when the star forward scored nine points on 4-of-13 shooting, the Pistons got 70 bench points and 31 more from Andre Drummond in a 131-114 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.
“Our second unit was fantastic tonight,” Griffin said after Detroit’s 10th victory in 12 games. “We didn’t get much execution from the starters in the first half, and I was a big part of that, but the guys came off the bench and saved us.”
Luke Kennard scored 21 points and Ish Smith had 19 as four Pistons reserves reached double figures.
“Luke was a plus-29 and Ish was a plus-28, so you can see what kind of impact they had on this game,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “We played a great second half, but it was the second unit that kept us in the game.”
Drummond, averaging 21.6 points and 16 rebounds in the last 12 games, added 15 rebounds for his 16th straight double-double.