By Dave Hart
Pistons 104, Heat 81– The Pistons bounced back from their two-game slide with a victory over the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.
Detroit jumped out to a 60-41 lead at halftime and never let up.
The Pistons were led by Andre Drummond, who picked up his 14th double-double of the season with 18 points and 20 rebounds.
Reggie Jackson added 18 points and seven assists, while Marcus Morris chipped in with 14 points.
The Pistons are now 8-7 on the season, good for fourth place in the Central Division.
Detroit will head back on the road to take on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.
4th Place in Central Division (3.5 games behind Cleveland)
8th Place in Eastern Conference (3.5 games behind Cleveland)
.5 game ahead of three teams for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 69
Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 72
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 72
Next Game: 11/27/2015 @ Oklahoma City Thunder 8:00 p.m. @ Chesapeake Energy Arena
Stats: Andre Drummond 18 points 20 rebounds, Reggie Jackson 18 points 7 assists, Marcus Morris 14 points, Ersan Ilyasova 13 points, Anthony Tolliver 12 points.
Bruins 3, Red Wings 2 (OT) – Frank Vatrano’s overtime goal at the 3:32 mark lifted the Boston Bruins over the Red Wings on Wednesday night.
Pavel Datsyuk scored his 300th career goal, while Tomas Tatar picked up his seventh goal of the season for Detroit.
Detroit’s goaltender Petr Mrazek took the overtime loss, stopping 19 of 22 shots.
The Red Wings are now 11-8-3 on the season, good for 25 points and a third place tie in the Atlantic Division.
Detroit will host the Edmonton Oilers on Friday night.
Record: 11-8-3 25 pts
3rd Place in Atlantic Division (11 pts behind Montreal)
Tied for 6th Place in Eastern Conference (11 pts behind Montreal)
2 pts ahead of Tampa Bay and New Jersey for the last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 121 pts
Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 130 pts
Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference: 130 pts
Next Game: 11/27/2015 vs Edmonton Oilers 7:30 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena
Stats: Goals- Pavel Datsyuk (2), Tomas Tatar (7). Assists- Darren Helm (3), Alexei Marchenko (1), Teemu Pulkkinen (5), Riley Sheahan (3). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek OTL (6-4-2) 19 saves on 22 shots.