Andre Drummond nets ‘Malone’ triple-double in Detroit Pistons’ 120-115 win over Orlando
DETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond’s bad habits bother Detroit Pistons coach Dwane Casey.
Luckily for Casey and the Pistons, Drummond’s good moments can win basketball games.
Drummond put up his version of a triple-double on Wednesday and the Pistons notched a crucial 120-115 overtime victory over the Orlando Magic.
Drummond had 14 points, 11 offensive rebounds and 11 defensive rebounds to record his 11th career “Moses Malone triple-double.” Only Malone (24) and Dennis Rodman (17) have recorded more since the ABA-NBA merger.
“Andre’s the best rebounder in the league — it isn’t even close — and that’s a huge asset,” Casey said.
Drummond, though, doesn’t impress his coach as a point guard, especially when he tries to go coast-to-coast after a rebound.
“Andre and I are going to have a heart-to-heart talk about his sashays down the court,” he said. “Those aren’t winning plays, because teams aren’t going to let a center dribble down the floor and score. It might happen once a month.”
Blake Griffin scored 30 points for the Pistons, who won for the third time in 11 games and moved a half-game ahead of Orlando in the Eastern Conference standings. Detroit had six players with at least 13 points.
“I thought we were sluggish, which is understandable coming off a West Coast trip, but we dug down defensively,” Griffin said. “In overtime, we were getting stops and forcing them into shots that we wanted. That was great.”
Nikola Vucevic and Terrence Ross each scored 24 points for Orlando.