Behind Reggie Jackson’s 31 points and eight assists Monday night, the Detroit Pistons took down the visiting Houston Rockets 116-105.
Detroit shot 52.9 percent from the floor, and made 35 percent of their three-pointers.
The Pistons led by as many as 28 in the first half.
Per the AP:
“Wow, we really shot the ball well tonight, didn’t we?” asked Reggie Jackson, sitting at his locker and reading a box score. “We won the rebounding battle, and I like to see 22 assists and 11 turnovers, but that’s great shooting.”
They were spectacular in the first half, scoring 64 points, struggled in the third quarter, but finished the game with a 32-point fourth. […] “We played great offense all night, and we played great defense in the first half,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We didn’t play much defense in the second half, but we closed out the win, and I’ll take that.”
Detroit’s third-quarter offensive slump had very little to do with jump shots and a lot to do with Andre Drummond’s inability to hit free throws. The Rockets sent Drummond to the line 14 times in the quarter, including 12 times in a span of 2:20. He made only three of those 12 before Van Gundy had to have his team commit a foul in order to get Aron Baynes onto the floor. […] “If we’re playing defense, I can keep him out there if he’s making one out of two – our defense can keep us in the game if we’re getting one point per possession,” Van Gundy said. “But he went four for 18 tonight, and you can’t win when you are getting four points on nine possessions. I had to get him out.”