Harris scores 34, Pistons rout Timberwolves

Published 9:04 pm Wednesday, October 25, 2017

DETROIT — Tobias Harris scored 34 points, Avery Bradley added 20 and the Detroit Pistons overcame another slow start to beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 122-101 Wednesday night.

Andre Drummond had 15 points and 15 rebounds for the Pistons, who improved to 3-2. All five Detroit starters reached double figures, as did reserve Henry Ellenson.

Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points and 10 rebounds for Minnesota, while Andrew Wiggins added 21. The Timberwolves lost for the second time in two nights.

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The Pistons trailed by 21 in the first half of their last two games and allowed Minnesota to score the first nine points Wednesday. This time, they stayed in the game and took the lead early in the second quarter.

Detroit led 63-44 at halftime. Harris had 16 points in the half, while Drummond had 10 rebounds.

Minnesota committed six fouls in the first three minutes of the third, allowing the Pistons to stay in control of the game from the free-throw line.

Detroit led 91-73 at the end of the quarter and wasn’t challenged in a sloppy final 12 minutes.

Tip ins

Timberwolves: Jimmy Butler missed his second straight game with an upper respiratory infection.  The Timberwolves have lost five in a row to Detroit.

Pistons: Drummond grabbed his 5,000th career rebound in the first quarter, making him the sixth Pistons player to reach that total.  Stanley Johnson’s first-quarter layup was his first made field goal at Little Caesars Arena after a 0-for-15 start.

Up next

Timberwolves: Host Oklahoma City on Friday night.

Pistons: Visit the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night to start a three-game West Coast trip.