Here is the latest Michigan sports news from The Associated Press
CLEVELAND (AP) — Derrick Rose hit a 15-footer with 27 seconds left and the Detroit Pistons rallied for a 115-113 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers. Rose, who scored 24 points, hit a runner in the lane to give Detroit a 114-113 lead and cap a comeback that began with the Pistons trailing 110-91 early in the fourth quarter. Collin Sexton’s late shot didn’t hit the rim and Cleveland was called for a shot clock violation. The Cavaliers have lost five straight.
DETROIT (AP) — Filip Zadina scored the tiebreaking goal with 3:52 left in the third period, sending the Detroit Red Wings to a 4-3 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The Red Wings had lost two in a row and 20 of their last 23, giving them the NHL’s worst record by a wide margin. Montreal has dropped seven straight games. Frans Nielsen got his second goal of the game with 8:41 remaining to pull Detroit into a 3-all tie. Artturi Lehkonen had a short-handed goal and Nick Suzuki scored to give the Canadiens a two-goal lead they couldn’t hold.
CLEVELAND (AP) — Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin is out indefinitely after having surgery on his left knee. The Pistons say Griffin will have an extended rehabilitation period with no timetable for his return. The 30-year-old Griffin was an All-Star last season for the sixth time. He has played in just 18 games this season and is averaging a career-low 15.5 points and a career-low 4.7 rebounds per game. The Pistons probably won’t want to rush Griffin back in part because they are mired in another rebuilding season. Making the playoffs seems unlikely.
ALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have promoted assistant coaches Hank Fraley and Billy Yates to lead their offensive line. Fraley had been Detroit’s assistant offensive line coach the previous two seasons. Yates was on Matt Patricia’s coaching staff the last two years. Patricia fired six members of his staff shortly after he finished his second season with three wins. He announced defensive coordinator Paul Pasqualoni was leaving the team to be closer to his family, and offensive line coach Jeff Davidson has taking an indefinite leave.
MT. PLEASANT, Mich. (AP) — Kevin McKay scored 21 points but none so important as the game-winning layup off the glass as the final buzzer sounded on Central Michigan’s come-from-behind 68-67 defeat of Northern Illinois. The clash between Mid-American Conference unbeatens was fought all the way to the wire and McKay’s winner capped a nine-minute rally as the Chippewas (9-6, 2-0) came from 11 points down. Northern Illinois missed the front end of a one-and-one and David DiLeo grabbed the rebound for Central Michigan with about three seconds left, whipped the ball to Lane, who raced past half-court and found McKay open near the basket. Eugene German led the Huskies with 20 points, Lacey James added 14 with seven rebounds.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Loren Cristian Jackson scored 26 points and Tyler Cheese added a season-high 25 points as Akron stretched its home winning streak to nine games, topping Western Michigan 84-69. Xeyrius Williams had 11 points and eight rebounds for Akron. He made 3 of 4 3-pointers, Jackson hit 4 of 9 and Cheese made 3 of 7 as the Zips totaled 11 3-pointers in 29 attempts. Michael Flowers had 30 points for the Broncos (8-7, 1-1) and Rafael Cruz Jr. added 16 points. Brandon Johnson had 11 points and eight rebounds.