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Griffin, Drummond power Pistons past Nets, 115-106

Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press on

Published in Basketball

DETROIT -- Blake Griffin struggled most of Thursday night.

But he delivered when it mattered most.

Griffin scored 11 of his team-high 25 points after he re-entered the game in the fourth quarter to push the Pistons to a 115-106 victory at Little Caesars Arena -- the team's fifth-straight win and the fourth since Griffin arrived via trade from the Los Angeles Clippers.

Andre Drummond scored 17 points and added a season-high 27 rebounds for the Pistons (27-26) on the night before Thursday's NBA trade deadline.

Drummond added three steals and three blocked shots.

The Pistons led for most of the evening but Nets swingman Allan Crabbe scored 17 straight points to cut a double-digit lead to 91-88 with 7:20 remaining.

That's when Griffin went to work.

The highlight of the surge was a step-back 3-pointer against Jarrett Allen to make the score 102-94 with 4:41 remaining.

Griffin also picked up his first technical foul as a Piston for arguing a call.

Stanley Johnson added 19 points and three steals for the Pistons.

Crabbe led the Nets (19-37) with 34 points.

The Pistons will try to complete a perfect six-game home stand Friday night against Griffin's former team, the Clippers.

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