Pistons lose to Clippers
Los Angeles beat Detroit for 5th straight time Monday
Jamal Crawford poured in 26 points off the bench and Blake Griffin added 25 as visiting Los Angeles beat Detroit for the fifth straight time.
Clippers 112, Pistons 103
DeAndre Jordan tallied 16 points, 21 rebounds and four blocks for the Clippers, who have won six of seven and are 2-1 on their seven-game road trip. J.J. Redick added 20 points, including a pair of four-point plays, and dished out six assists.
Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points in a reserve role for the Pistons, who have lost seven of their last eight home games. Josh Smith contributed 24 points and Andre Drummond had 15 points and 11 rebounds, while point guard Brandon Jennings was held scoreless on 0-for-7 shooting.
The Pistons kept pace in the first quarter but couldn't keep up as the Clippers went 11-for-16 from the field in the second and rattled off a 21-3 run to take control. Griffin put up 21 points in the first half as Los Angeles shot 65.7 percent and took a 64-53 lead into the break.
Detroit made a brief charge early in the third to pull within 67-61, but Redick's second four-point play of the day stretched the lead back to double digits and Los Angeles pushed the margin to 94-78 entering the fourth quarter. The Clippers went scoreless for more than 4 1/2 minutes in the final stanza, but the Pistons could only get within nine.
GAME NOTEBOOK: Jordan's 21 boards were one shy of his career high. He has collected double-digit rebounds in 20 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in franchise history. … Griffin has scored in double figures in 43 consecutive games dating to last season. … Drummond recorded his 30th double-double of the season, second-most in the NBA behind Minnesota's Kevin Love.
Top Game Performances
|Jamal Crawford 26||Scoring||Rodney Stuckey 29|
|Darren Collison 6||Assists||Brandon Jennings 6|
|DeAndre Jordan 21||Rebounds||Andre Drummond 11|
|Blake Griffin 7||Free Throws Made||Rodney Stuckey 6|
|Darren Collison 3||Steals||Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 3|
|DeAndre Jordan 4||Blocks||Andre Drummond 2|
Team Stats Summary