Detroit sports glance: Red Wings beat Rangers in OT; Pistons beat Philadelphia

By Dave Hart

Pistons 125, Philadelphia 76ers 111 – Reggie Jackson’s 24 points and 10 assists led the Pistons over the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday night.

LSJ Logo incertDetroit fell behind 32-27 after the first quarter, trailed 57-52 at halftime and led 90-87 after three quarters.

The Pistons closed out the game with a strong 35-24 fourth game run to seal the victory.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 23 points for Detroit, while Tobias Harris chipped in with 21 points. Andre Drummond posted a double-double with 19 points and 15 rebounds.Eye on the D

The 76ers were led by Isaiah Canaan with 22 points while former Michigan Wolverine Nik Stauskas chipped in with 15 off the bench.

The Pistons are now 34-32 on the season, good for eighth place in the Eastern Conference. They are one game ahead of the Chicago Bulls with 16 games remaining.

Detroit will finish its road trip against the Washington Wizards on Monday night.

Record: 34-32

4th Place in Central Division (13 games behind Cleveland)

8th Place in Eastern Conference (13 games behind Cleveland)

1 game ahead of Chicago for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff berth: 17

Magic # to clinch Central Division title: 31

Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 31

Misery # towards elimination from Central Division title: 5

Misery # towards elimination from playoff contention: 19

Next Game: 03/14/2016 @ Washington Wizards 8:00 p.m. @ Verizon Center

Stats: Reggie Jackson 24 points 10 assists, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 23 points 6 assists, Tobias Harris 21 points 8 rebounds, Andre Drummond 19 points 15 rebounds, Marcus Morris 19 points.

Red Wings 3, Rangers 2 (OT) – Darren Helm’s game-winning overtime goal propelled the Red Wings over the New York Rangers on Saturday afternoon.

The Red Wings tied the game at 2-2 with a goal from Brad Richards with 32 seconds left in regulation, Helm scored 3:03 into the overtime period.

Helm paced Detroit with two goals while Danny DeKeyser picked up two assists.

Detroit’s goaltender Petr Mrazek picked up the victory, stopping 23 of 25 shots.

The Rangers were led by Chris Kreider with a goal and an assist while Derek Stepan added a goal.

The Red Wings are now 34-23-11 on the season, good for 79 points and fourth place in the Atlantic Division. They are three points ahead of Philadelphia for the final playoff spot with 14 games remaining.

Detroit will close its home stand against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night.

Record: 34-23-11   79 pts

4th Place in Atlantic Division (7 pts behind Boston)

7th Place in Eastern Conference (24 pts behind Washington)

3 pts ahead of Philadelphia for the last playoff spot

Magic # to clinch 25th straight playoff berth: 28 pts

Magic # to clinch Atlantic Division title: 35 pts

Magic # to clinch Eastern Conference title: 55 pts

Misery # towards elimination from a playoff berth: 33 pts

Misery # towards elimination from Atlantic Division title: 22 pts

Misery # towards elimination from Eastern Conference title: 5 pts

Next Game: 03/13/2016 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 7:30 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena

Stats: Goals- Darren Helm 2 (10), Brad Richards (9). Assists- Danny DeKeyser 2 (12), Justin Abdelkader (20), Pavel Datsyuk (25), Luke Glendening (12), Henrik Zetterberg (31). Goaltender- Petr Mrazek W (26-13-6) 23 saves on 25 shots.

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