DETROIT (CCN) — Andre Drummond put on a powerful performance Thursday night at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit to help the Detroit Pistons stay perfect on the young NBA season. Drummond scored 26 points and grabbed 22 rebounds to help the Pistons improve to 4-0 with a 110-103 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. New Coach Dwane Casey has Detroit off to its best start since the 2008-09 season while the Cavaliers fell to 0-5 for the first time since LeBron James was a rookie in 2003. Blake Griffith, coming off a 50-point explosion earlier in the week against the Philadelphia 76ers, came up huge again Thursday by scoring 26 points. Reggie Jackson added 16 points for the Pistons.
DETROIT (CCN) — Blake Griffith's free throw after a driving layup with 1.8 seconds left in overtime gave the Detroit Pistons a thrilling 133-132 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers Tuesday night. The 3-point play also gave Griffith 50 points on a night that fans at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit gave their new superstar "MVP" chants as he neared becoming only the seventh Piston in history to reach the 50-point plateau in a game. Griffith added 14 points and passed out 6 assists while improving his average to 36.3 points for the 3-0 Pistons who have not yet lost under new head coach Dwane Casey. Griffin is so far shooting 53.3 percent from the field and 61.1 percent from 3-point range after going 20-for-35 against the 76ers, including sinking 5-of-10 from 3-point range. Reggie Jackson added 23 points for the Pistons, Reggie Bullock 17 and Andre Drummond 14. Ish Smith was hot off the bench with 21 points. Drummond led the way on the boards with 16 rebounds. Griffith's 50-point night was a career high and it was the first time anybody has surpassed 50 this season. It was the first time by a Piston since 2006 when Rip Hamilton scored 51.
CHICAGO (CCN) — New Coach Dwayne Casey won his debut at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit last week, and he won his road debut Saturday night when the Pistons beat the Chicago Bulls 118-116. Blake Griffith, who led the way on opening night, was huge again in Chicago with a 33-point night to go with grabbing 12 rebounds and dishing out 5 assists. Andr Drummon added 10 points and 13 rebounds, Reggie Jackson added 18 points, Reggie Bullock contributed 16 points, Ish Smith added 15 points and Stanley Johnson scored 10 points to go with 7 rebounds. Zaza Pachulia added 5 points and 8 rebounds off the bench. The Bulls dropped to 0-2 on the season while the Pistons improved to 2-0. Detroit returns home to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday night.
DETROIT (CCN) — Blake Griffin put on a great opening-night show by scoring 26 points, grabbing 8 rebounds and passing out 6 assists as the Detroit Pistons beat the Brooklyn Nets 103-100 Wednesday night to start their 2018-19 NBA season. It was also a winning debut for new Coach Dwane Casey in front of a near sellout crowd of 20,332 fans at the 21,000-seat Little Caesars Arena. Andre Drummond added 24 points and 20 rebounds for the Pistons while former Michigan Wolverines star Caris LeVert matched a career high with 27 points to lead the Nets. Casey, who was last year's NBA Coach of the Year before being fired by the Toronto Raptors, was pleased with the effort despite a sloppy game and told the media afterward: "In this league, you've got to celebrate the wins. I've said it all along. We've got to have fun. We can't have the gloom-and-doom situations. There's going to be adversity in the NBA.''
The Golden State Warriors are again favored to win the NBA championship, according to a survey of general managers. The announcement was part of a team-by-team preview presented on the NBA web site.