Drummond carries short-handed Pistons over Nets

Andre Drummond collected 25 points, 20 rebounds, six assists, five blocks and three steals and also made the clinching free throws as the depleted Detroit Pistons topped the visiting Brooklyn Nets 113-109 on Saturday.Luke Kennard supplied 24 points and Bruce Brown scored a career-high 22 points with seven assists for the Pistons, who were missing four key players. All-Star forward Blake Griffin, who hasn’t played this season due to hamstring and knee injuries, was joined on the sideline by the team’s top three point guards — Reggie Jackson (back), Derrick Rose (hamstring) and Tim Frazier (shoulder).Kyrie Irving recorded a triple-double with 20 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists for the Nets. Taurean Prince had 20 points, Joe Harris contributed 18, Spencer Dinwiddie scored 16 and Caris LeVert added 14.LeVert, Harris and Prince reached double figures in points by halftime as the Nets took a 54-46 lead.Prince made two 3-pointers in the first three-plus minutes of the second half as Brooklyn increased its lead to 14, 64-50.Brooklyn’s advantage quickly evaporated. Kennard began a 20-2 outburst by Detroit with a 3-pointer.Kennard scored five consecutive points later in the quarter as Detroit emerged with a 78-72 lead entering the fourth.Svi Mykhailiuk drained a 3 in the opening minute of the quarter to give the Pistons a double-digit advantage, 83-72.

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