Detroit Pistons snap losing streak to end road trip at Memphis
By CLAY BAILEY
MEMPHIS, Tenn. — In the closing minutes of a four-game trip, the Detroit Pistons had enough energy to end the journey on a good note.
With a 13-0 run in the fourth quarter, the Pistons built a double-digit lead and snapped their three-game losing streak with a 101-94 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday night.
Memphis has lost three in a row and 10 of its last 13, leading to a lengthy postgame meeting in a closed locker room. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff took more than 30 minutes to emerge and address the media. Then, it was even longer before the locker room opened, by then occupied only by team leaders Marc Gasol and Mike Conley.
Blake Griffin led Detroit with 26 points, eight rebounds and seven assists as six Pistons reached double-figures in scoring. Reggie Jackson had 16 points, while Reggie Bullock and Luke Kennard added 13 each.
For the Pistons, the night was a relief from a stretch where they had lost five of their last six and were 3-12 over the previous 15. Not to mention they were on the second night of a back-to-back after a loss in Milwaukee on Monday.
“When that win is within reach you know, you get a little extra boost,” Griffin said of playing down the stretch.
Griffin was the one who closed out the rally, scoring the final five points. Kennard started the stretch with a pair of 3-pointers.
“We got stops. We were able to push the ball, and we just got good shots as well,” Kennard said of the 13-0 rally. “(Defense) allowed us to create that lead, and we just kind of stuck with it.”
The Pistons trailed 55-51 at the half, but holding Memphis to 12 points in the third quarter contributed to the Detroit comeback.