Andre Drummond was benched for a portion of Sunday’s Detroit Pistons game against The Dallas Mavericks for a defensive mistake. Drummond took the benching as a learning experience and rebounded to the tune of 13 points and 17 boards Tuesday night in Detroit’s 103-87 win over the Orlando Magic. In the process, the Pistons ended a four game losing streak.
The young center was key against a Magic team that simply could not match up with Pistons size in the frontcourt. Drummond, along with Greg Monroe, combined for 28 rebounds on a night where the Pistons out-rebounded the Magic 56-40. The Pistons pulled down 17 offensive rebounds leading to second chance points that really helped the Pistons separate themselves from the Magic.
After a back and forth affair in the first quarter, Detroit was able to pull away from Orlando in the second and third quarters by outscoring Orlando 58-38. The Pistons didn’t shoot great from the floor, a respectable 45 percent, but imposed their will down low with their incredible frontcourt of Josh Smith, Monroe, and Drummond. They were also able to get easy buckets in transition, something every coach will tell you is key when trying to bust out of a slump.
The surprise of the night was the Pistons defense. A maligned unit, the Pistons defense was able to hold Orlando to 42 percent shooting. The Magic certainly didn’t have their greatest night shooting the ball, but Detroit’s length certainly had something to do with that. The Pistons were great all night at limiting the Magic in transition. They held Orlando to just eight fast break points, while they were able to get 20 themselves.
The Pistons face a tough challenge ahead with a back-to-back in Atlanta against the Hawks. The Hawks are a tough team at home and will present some unique challenges for the Detroit. Atlanta can score inside with Paul Millsap, but can also beat teams from the perimeter with Kyle Korver. The Pistons will certainly need to bring their energy with them to Atlanta if they want to have a shot to post consecutive wins.
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