Pistons pull away in 4th to beat Suns 118-107
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Phoenix Suns 118-107 on Sunday.
Devin Booker scored 37 points for Phoenix, and Detroit had a hard time shaking free of the Suns until a 15-3 run in the fourth. Blake Griffin had 16 points and 11 assists for the Pistons, and Reggie Jackson had 19 points and eight assists.
Deandre Ayton had 25 points for 12 rebounds for the Suns.
Phoenix forward T.J. Warren was ejected in the second quarter after receiving two technical fouls following an offensive foul call that went against him.
Booker scored 21 points in the first half, but the Pistons led 62-60 after two quarters. It was close throughout the third and still tied at 88 early in the fourth.
Then Langston Galloway made a 3-pointer that began Detroit’s crucial run. Jackson and Stanley Johnson also made 3s during that stretch.
Booker scored the first seven points of the second half for Phoenix, then didn’t have another field goal until he made a 3-pointer to end the Detroit run in the fourth.
ON THE LINE
Drummond has improved his free throws quite a bit, but he went just 1 for 8 Sunday, including an air ball in the fourth quarter.
Phoenix tried fouling him intentionally in the fourth, but the Suns couldn’t capitalize on his misses that much.
Suns: Jamal Crawford scored 12 points, surpassing 19,000 for his career.
Pistons: Detroit is without G Luke Kennard, who has been recovering from a sprained right shoulder. … Galloway scored 15 points and Johnson added 14.
Suns: Host Indiana on Tuesday night.
Pistons: Host New York on Tuesday night.
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