Drummond’s 20-20 carries Pistons over Nets

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Andre Drummond contributed 25 points, 20 rebounds along with six assists, five blocks, and three steals to dismantle the visiting Brooklyn Nets 113-109 on Saturday.

Luke Kennard collected 24 points and Bruce Brown scored a career-high 22 points with seven assist.

The short-handed Pistons including Blake Griffin who hasn’t played this season due to hamstring and knee injuries, Reggie Jackson (back injury), Derrick Rose (hamstring), and Tim Frazier (shoulder).

On the other hand, Kyrie Irving recorded a triple-double of his own, 20 points, 11 rebounds, and 10 assists. 

LeVert, Harris, and Prince were already in double figures before the halftime as the Nets took a 54-46 lead.

But the Nets’ scuffled after the Pistons 20-2 outburst sparked Kennard’s 3-pointer. It was all Pistons after Svi Mykhailiuk converted a three in the opening minute of the 3rd quarter and Tony Snell’s transition three extended the lead to 91-78 in the fourth.

Irving’s free throws with less than a minute left in the game cut the Pistons’ lead to one. Kennard and Irving traded baskets before Kennard hit both free throws with 8.4 left in the game.

Drummond secured the rebound when Prince intentionally missed a free throw. Drummond made two free throws to clinch the game.