Drummond scores 20 points, Pistons outlast T-Wolves 100-97
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Andre Drummond had 20 points and 16 rebounds, Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley added 18 points each and the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-97 on Sunday night.
Harris hit two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining, and Jimmy Butler’s last-second 3-point attempt rattled out to draw a loud groan from the crowd as the Pistons snapped their two-game skid and Minnesota’s three-game streak.
Butler led the Wolves with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and Andrew Wiggins had 24.
The Pistons trailed by as many as 11, and Minnesota led 93-92 with 1:45 to go after Wiggins went 1 for 2 from the line. But Reggie Jackson had a couple of layups to give Detroit the lead for good.
Jackson hit a 19-footer with Karl-Anthony Towns in his face to make it 98-95 with 19.7 seconds to play. Bradley fouled Butler from the 3-point line with 6.2 to go. Butler made the first two, but missed the third shot, and Harris’s free throws sealed it.
Pistons: Drummond had his 12th double-double of the season. He briefly sat out midway through the third after coming down hard on his left elbow, and had to be helped to the bench. … Detroit had 25 assists on 39 field goals. … Jon Leuer missed his seventh straight game, and coach Stan Van Gundy said the forward would have another MRI on Monday to evaluate his sprained left ankle. “Just hasn’t progressed the way we thought,” Van Gundy said. :We certainly thought he’d be back, even at the beginning of this trip, and it just hasn’t materialized. So we’ll get in there and see what’s going on and see if there’s anything major, or if he just needs some more time.”
Timberwolves: Towns had 16 points. … Butler hit a season-high 10 field goals, and had his sixth 20-point game of the season. He has scored 20 in four of his last five games. … Wiggins had his ninth 20-point night of the season.
Pistons: Hosts Cleveland on Monday night.
Timberwolves: At Charlotte on Monday night.
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