Detroit Pistons win 4th straight in a rout over Portland, 111-91
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — Coach Stan Van Gundy worried over the weekend that the Detroit Pistons were becoming too reliant on Blake Griffin.
That wasn’t a problem on Monday.
Andre Drummond had 17 points and 17 rebounds, and the Pistons beat the Portland Trail Blazers 111-91 for their fourth straight victory. Detroit had 36 assists on 44 field goals and had six players with at least 12 points.
“I didn’t really think we moved the ball that much at the start of the game, but then we really got it going,” Van Gundy said. “The best part is that you look how many guys got involved — it wasn’t just one or two guys with a bunch. Once you start moving the ball, it gets contagious.”
Detroit has won three in a row with Griffin in the lineup after acquiring him in a trade last week. Following a win over Miami on Saturday, Van Gundy said the Pistons might be playing through Griffin too much. He still led Detroit in scoring Monday, but the Pistons had plenty of threats.
The victory pulled the Pistons back to .500 and even with Philadelphia for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.