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Blake Griffin leads Pistons pass Knicks for third win in row

DETROIT – Reggie Jackson was hot in the first half, Blake Griffin in the second. They teamed up, with some…

DETROIT – Reggie Jackson was hot in the first half, Blake Griffin in the second.

They teamed up, with some help off the bench, to lead the Detroit Pistons to the New York Knicks 115-108 Tuesday at Little Caesars Arena.

Griffin scored 30 points and Jackson contributed 21 points as the Pistons (11-7) won their third in a row. The Knicks (7-15) had won three in a row, beating Boston and New Orleans during that stretch.

Griffin scored 13 points in the third quarter, but the Knicks, led by Allonzo Trier’s 24 points, kept hanging around. New York cut the deficit to six before Johnson’s 3-pointer and Bruce Brown’s dunk gave Detroit an 81-70 lead after three.

Johnson converted a couple of three-point plays within the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. The Pistons stretched their lead to 1

8 and were in cruise control until the Knicks pushed back late in the fourth quarter, trimming Detroit’s lead to eight with three minutes remaining and seven in the final minute.

Pistons reserves accounted for 50 points. Johnson scored 21 while Langston Galloway and Ish Smith chipped in nine apiece. Zaza Pachulia (nine points, six rebounds) provided more quality minutes after early foul trouble on Andre Drummond (six points, 14 rebounds).

The Pistons suffered 51-43 at halftime despite no points from Drummond, who missed four shots and

Jackson picked up the slack with 17 points, including 12 in the second quarter to prevent the Knicks from closing the gap.

The Knicks, behind Tim Hardaway Jr. (seven points) and Enes Kanter (six points), jumped out to a 15-7 lead. Griffin helped whittle it away with nine straight points. Johnson gave his team the lead for good with a 3-pointer and followed with a layup, as Detroit led 24-19 after one quarter.

Trier added 10 rebounds and seven assists for the Knicks. Hardaway scored 19 points. Edges contributed 16 points and 14 rebounds.



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