Drummond (26 pts, 22 reb) leads Pistons past Celtics 118-108

November 28, 2017

Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond goes up to shoot during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Boston Celtics in Boston, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017. The Pistons won 118-108. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

BOSTON (AP) — Andre Drummond scored 26 points with 22 rebounds — both season highs — and Tobias Harris scored 31 to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 118-108 victory on Monday night and send the Celtics to their first loss in Boston since their home opener.

Drummond had 10 rebounds in the first quarter and 11 points in the last 5:36 to help Detroit win the matchup of old-school rivals who are once again the top teams in the Eastern Conference. Reggie Jackson scored 20 points with seven assists for the Pistons, who have won three of their last four.

Marcus Smart scored 23 points, making 6 of 9 from 3-point range, and Kyrie Irving had 18 with nine assists for the Celtics. Boston has lost two of four since a 16-game winning streak.

Detroit led by 11 points in the first quarter, but it was tied 100-all with 5:36 left before the Pistons pulled away thanks to eight straight points from Drummond. With just over three minutes left, the Pistons center stole a lazy inbound pass at midcourt and drove for the dunk, drawing a foul from Irving.


PHILADELPHIA (AP) — LeBron James had 30 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead Cleveland over Philadelphia.

The three-time defending Eastern Conference champions won their eighth straight game. Dwyane Wade scored 15 points, and Jeff Green had 14 points and 10 rebounds.

Joel Embiid had 30 points and 11 rebounds to pace the up-and-coming 76ers, who had won three straight and five of six.

James scored the first nine points on his way to 22 in the first half, helping Cleveland to a 53-45 lead by draining a 3 in front of Cleveland’s bench at the first-half buzzer.


NEW YORK (AP) — Damian Lillard scored 32 points and Portland wrapped up a strong five-game road trip with its third straight victory.

Pat Connaughton added 17 for the Trail Blazers, who also won at Memphis, Brooklyn and Washington while losing only in Philadelphia. They needed to come from 17 down in the fourth quarter to beat the Wizards last time out but were in charge of this one most of the way.

Kristaps Porzingis returned from a one-game absence and scored 22 points, but the Knicks were without starting center Enes Kanter for a third straight game because of back spasms. They lost all three, falling back to .500 at 10-10.


SAN ANTONIO (AP) — LaMarcus Aldridge had a season-high 33 points and 10 rebounds and San Antonio celebrated Tony Parker’s first game of the season by beating Dallas.

Parker had six points and four assists in 14 minutes in his first appearance since tearing his right quadriceps tendon May 3 against Houston in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.

The injury required surgery and led some to speculate Parker could miss significant time, if he came back at all. Instead, the 35-year-old returned quicker than expected to what he calls the “game I love.”

Dennis Smith Jr. and Wesley Matthews each had 19 points to lead the Mavericks, who had won two straight.


HOUSTON (AP) — James Harden scored 20 of his 37 points in the first quarter to lead Houston over Brooklyn.

Harden added 10 rebounds and eight assists to guide the Rockets to their fifth straight win. When he took a break with 1:28 remaining in the first quarter, he was outscoring the Nets 20-17 by himself, not to mention four assists at that point. He was 5-for-5 from 3-point range in the first quarter and finished 8-for-13.

Clint Capela added 20 points for Houston, and Chris Paul had a season-high 14 assists on his bobblehead night.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Victor Oladipo scored 26 points and Bojan Bogdanovic added 22 to help Indiana hand Orlando its ninth straight loss.

Orlando cut the Pacers lead to 95-91 five minutes into the fourth quarter, but Indiana put together a 13-0 run that lasted nearly three minutes. The Pacers’ fourth quarter surge ultimately proved the difference in a game where the Magic fought desperately to snap their losing streak.

The Pacers had five players in double figures as Domantas Sabonis scored 19 points while Myles Turner and Lance Stephenson each added 18.


LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lou Williams scored a season-high 42 points and the Clippers rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Lakers for their 11th straight home victory against their Staples Center co-tenant.

Blake Griffin added 26 points and 11 rebounds for the Clippers, who came back after trailing by eight to win their third in a row for the first time since opening the season 4-0.

Griffin wasn’t on the court at the end. He went for a loose ball under the basket and fell, grabbing his left knee as he went down in the closing minutes.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Lakers with 29 points.


OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Bogdan Bogdanovic made a go-ahead bank shot with 12.6 seconds left, lifting the Kings over the Warriors with Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant injured and sitting out.

The Kings ended an eight-game skid at Golden State. The Warriors’ Klay Thompson missed a 3-point try from atop the arc with 3.5 seconds left, his fourth straight miss, and Golden State went 0 for 7 from the floor after Thompson’s 3 with 3:11 left.

Thompson finished with 21 points on 7-for-20 shooting with five 3s. Second-year guard Patrick McCaw took Curry’s place in the starting lineup and scored a season-best 16 points with career highs of seven assists and four steals.

Willie Cauley-Stein scored 19 points to lead six Kings in double figures and also had eight rebounds and six assists.

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