Andre Drummond took the court for the Detroit Pistons’ first home game of the season. He thanked the fans for coming to the game and for their support and made them a promise; the Pistons are pushing for a return to the playoffs.
He set the tone early scoring Detroit’s first two baskets and ending the first quarter with 12 points.
Trae Young and the Hawks didn’t make it easy for them as they dispatched them 117-100. Young finished the game with 38 points on 52% shooting, including 6 of 10 from three. He also dished out 9 assists in the contest, although he committed 6 turnovers along with them. Fellow young Hawk John Collins contributed 18 points and 10 rebounds and newly acquired Jabari Parker went 8-11 from the field for another 18 points in 23 minutes off the bench.
Drummond finished the game with 21 points and 12 boards in the Pistons second game in as many games, having beat the Pacers the night before in Indianapolis. The only other Pistons in double figures were Luke Kennard who shot 3-12 for 13 points and Derrick Rose who dazzled with an efficient 27. Both came off the bench.
Starting Detroit point guard Reggie Jackson left the game early due to lower back soreness. He did not return.
The first half was an even battle but the Hawks’ defense held the Pistons to only 37 points in the second half. This was a welcome sight for an Atlanta team that allowed the most opponent points per game last season (119).
The Hawk’s first home game will be on Saturday hosting the Orlando Magic. The Pistons will also be at home on Saturday welcoming the new look Philadelphia 76ers.
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