Griffin scores 30 to lead Pistons past Magic 120-115 in overtime

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.

Detroit Pistons forward Blake Griffin (23) shoots as Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon (00) and guard Terrence Ross (31) defend during the first half of an NBA basketball game between the two teams in Detroit on Wednesday. – AP

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 drives down the court,” he said. “Those aren’t winning plays, because teams aren’t going to let a centre dribble down the floor and score. It might happen once a month.”

Drummond finished with 11 of the game’s 22 rebounds. Detroit ended up with a 14-8 edge on the boards.

“That was the game,” Magic coach Steve Clifford said. “In the last 42 seconds, we were up two and got two stops, but they got three offensive rebounds and tie the game.”

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, which had won two in a row after a four-game losing streak.

“We had to find a way to win that game,” Ross said. “We didn’t play a consistent defensive game. We weren’t physical enough in the third quarter.”