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AUDIO: Pistons Bang The Drum to 3-0 Start

Andre Drummond had 20 points and 20 rebounds as the Pistons stayed unbeaten with a 98-94 overtime victory against the Bulls.

Detroit flexed its defensive muscle again to overcome another dismal shooting performance. Balanced scoring was the key with Marcus Morris scoring 20 of his game high 26 points in the 2nd half and overtime and Reggie Jackson adding 20 points himself.

The win leaves the Pistons as one of three undefeated teams left in the Eastern Conference.

Marcus Morris


Andre Drummond helped the Pistons race out to a 15-6 lead on 6 of 12 shooting just four minutes into the game. Drummond did serious work inside netting 6 points and 5 rebounds before picking up his second foul with four minutes to go in the opening frame. The Pistons saw 12 of their first 19 points come from the paint.

Drummond came back after the first media timeout of the second quarter. In that 8 minute span, Detroit briefly lost the lead before ripping off a 10-2 run to regain it. Drummond left with the Pistons up 19-13 and came back with his team ahead 28-26.

Even with Drummond back, Detroit struggled to score in the 2nd quarter, shooting just 5 of 22 (22.7%) while getting outscored 20-12 and going into the half with a 39-35 deficit despite holding Derrick Rose (0-5 FG) scoreless while scoring 12 points off of 13 Bulls turnovers.


The Pistons posted dominant 3rd quarters (+11 vs. Atlanta, +8 vs. Utah) to fuel their 2-0 start to the season. It appeared another one was in store when Marcus Morris helped Detroit get off on the right foot by scoring 10 points during a third quarter opening 18-6 run that gave the Pistons a 53-45 lead midway through the period. Morris would go on to score 15 in the frame but the Bulls battled back to tie it up at 64 heading to the 4th quarter.

The Pistons second unit took the early 4th quarter momentum on a Stanley Johnson up-and-under followed by a stop and an Anthony Tolliver three pointer which gave the Pistons a 72-67 lead and forced the Bulls to call a timeout. Chicago responded with a 5-0 run of their own to tie it at 72 before the Pistons starters came back in with 7:23 to go.

In a game that featured 15 lead changes and 18 ties, the final 7:23 didn't disappoint. Tied at 83-83, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope harassed Derrick Rose into a poor shot as time expired in regulation.


The Pistons won the tap and immediately went on a 7-0 run to take control. Baskets by Morris, Jackson and Tolliver along with a pair of stops on the other end saw the Pistons jump out to a 90-83 lead that they would not relinquish.


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Prior to the game, the team confirmed that SG Jodie Meeks underwent surgery on Thursday night to repair a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metatarsal in his right foot. Meeks injured it in Wednesday night's home opener win against the Jazz.

Meeks is expected to miss 3-4 months and will be re-evaluated throughout the rehabilitation process.

Stan Van Gundy said Reggie Bullock is expected to pick up the bulk of his minutes. Bullock was acquired from the Suns, along with Marcus Morris, this past offseason.

Prior to coming to Detroit, Bullock had played in just 68 games in parts of two seasons with the Suns and Clippers. As Brandon Jennings points out, this is a great opportunity for the former first round pick out of the University of North Carolina

Speaking of Jennings, the Pistons point guard is making progress in his Achilles injury recovery. Earlier in the day, Jennings was spotted playing some 1-on-1 in the team's practice facility


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  • Final Stats, Courtesy of the NBA
  • 5 - number of times Andre Drummond's had a 20 point, 20 rebound game
  • 20 - Number of Turnovers the Bulls had on Friday night
  • 20 - Offensive Rebounds the Pistons had Friday night
  • 21 - Pistons 3-point percentage (6-for-28) in Friday's win vs. the Bulls
  • 38.7- Pistons FG percentage during their 3-0 start
  • 50 - Pistons Free Throw percentage (14-for-28) in Friday's win vs. the Bulls
  • 1,002 - Number of career assists for Reggie Jackson after recording 7 on Friday
  • 2008 - The last time the Pistons started a season 3-0
  • After Friday's game, the Pistons are now:
    • 3-0 when Andre Drummond has a Double-Double
    • 3-0 when Reggie Jackson has 10+ points
    • 3-0 when Andre Drummond has 10+ points
    • 3-0 when Andre Drummond has 10+ rebounds
    • 3-0 when Marcus Morris has 10+ points
    • 2-0 when Andre Drummond has 15+ rebounds
    • 2-0 when trailing at the half
    • 1-0 when tied after the third quarter
    • 1-0 in Overtime
    • 2-0 in games at the Palace of Auburn Hills
    • 2-0 against Eastern Conference teams
    • 1-0 against Central Division teams
DET 3 0 0 W3
CHI 2 1 1 L1
CLE 2 1 1 W2
IND 0 2 2.5 L2
MIL 0 2 2.5 L2


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The Pistons get the weekend off before welcoming in the winless Pacers (0-2) on Tuesday. Indiana hosts Utah on Saturday night. In their first two games, the Pacers have been led by G George Hill (19.5 ppg) while former Pistons G Rodney Stuckey has chipped in 12.5 ppg.

Pacers 1st round pick F/C Myles Turner (#33 above) is averaging 8 points and 4 rebounds over his first two games.

Detroit split the season series with Indiana in 2014-15. Andre Drummond averaged 16 & 13 against the Pacers while Roy Hibert paced Indiana with 15 point a game against Detroit.

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