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Pistons hope to be sharper against Timberwolves

According to STATS
According to STATS

Detroit Pistons at Minnesota Timberwolves

  1. The last two losses for Detroit have been decided by three or fewer points: 107-104 to Milwaukee and 108-107 to Charlotte. The Pistons have played in nine games decided by three or fewer points this season -- only the Nets (10) and Hornets (10) have more such games.
  2. Minnesota beat Sacramento at home, 132-105, after losing four straight, all on the road. The Timberwolves are 12-4 (.750) at home compared to 2-12 (.143) on the road, the second-largest difference in win percentage (.607) in the NBA (Mavericks, .659).
  3. Detroit has won six straight against Minnesota dating back to 2015-16, its longest active streak against a current team. Prior to that, Minnesota won 10 straight against Detroit.
  4. Blake Griffin posted a triple-double against the Bucks on Monday but also had 10 turnovers. The last power forward to have a triple-double and 10 turnovers in a game was Charles Barkley on March 27, 1987 against the Nets.
  5. Derrick Rose recorded his first double-double in the last two seasons with 13 points and 11 assists against the Kings. Rose has improved his scoring average from 8.4 last season to 18.5 this season, the largest improvement (10.1) in the NBA (minimum 25 games each season).
  6. The Timberwolves had nine different players score in double figures in their win against the Kings, the most such players they have ever had in a game. It is the third game this season where a team had nine such players score in double-figures (along with the Lakers and Pacers) -- there were three such games in the previous eight seasons.

Blake Griffin posted a triple-double Monday night. Actually, he had a quadruple-double because he reached double figures in a category the forward would like to forget.

Meanwhile, the Minnesota Timberwolves enjoyed another productive night on their home floor, continuing their significant disparity between home and road games.

Griffin hopes to rebound from a 10-turnover showing when the Detroit Pistons visit the Timberwolves on Wednesday night.

The Pistons (14-14) are 1-7 in their last eight games after winning five straight from Nov. 24 to Dec. 1. Five of those defeats are by single digits, including Monday's 107-104 home loss to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Against Milwaukee, Griffin posted his ninth triple-double with 19 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds. In his second triple-double for the Pistons, Griffin went 4 of 13 and also committed a career-high 10 turnovers.

Griffin missed four shots less than eight feet from the rim and the Pistons were at 42.1 percent (16 of 38) on shots less than eight feet from the basket while finishing at 44.3 percent overall.

"It's very frustrating, but I don't know if it even comes down to that," Griffin said. "I was unbelievably awful tonight. We had a chance to tie it despite everything I did.

"We're not going to win games if I have 10 turnovers and make poor decisions like I did down the stretch. I feel bad for these guys because they played so hard and got us back in this game. I wasn't good for them tonight. You can look at a lot of things, but it comes down to that."

While Griffin is averaging 26.9 points in his last eight games, he also is averaging 4.3 turnovers in those games and a career-high 3.9 overall this season.

"He's got to get a rhythm, seeing them coming, getting a feel for it and making sure his timing of passing the ball out is there," Detroit coach Dwane Casey said. "Right now, he's not getting that, whether it is early in the game or late in the game."

One of Griffin's triple-doubles was with the Los Angeles Clippers on Jan. 22 shortly before Detroit acquired him. He finished with 32 points, 12 assists, and 11 rebounds, but the Timberwolves wound up with a 126-118 win in Los Angeles.

Minnesota (14-16) is 10-7 since trading Jimmy Butler to Philadelphia on Nov. 12. Most of those wins are at home as the Timberwolves are 8-3 in their last 11 home games after coasting to a 132-105 win over the Sacramento Kings.

The Timberwolves scored at least 130 points for the fourth time after returning from a winless four-game West Coast trip that saw them allow 119.2 points but facing Sacramento for the second time in three games, Minnesota resembled the team that allowed 100.6 points in their first 12 games after the trade.

Karl-Anthony Towns finished with 14 points and 14 assists as the Timberwolves led by as many as 36. Nine players reached double figures as the Timberwolves shot 49 percent and received 53 points from their reserves.

"You're always worried when you have a lead like that is sustaining your effort, and you're especially concerned with a team like that, that shoots 3s the way they do," Minnesota coach Tom Thibodeau said. "We were fortunate to work our way out of that and then I was very pleased with our bench."

One of those not reaching double figures was Jeff Teague, who sat out with left ankle inflammation. Derrick Rose scored 13 points as the starting point guard and likely will start again because Teague will miss the game.

Detroit has won the last six meetings after losing the previous 10 and is facing the Timberwolves for the first time with Griffin on the team.

Updated December 18, 2018

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