Detroit sports glance: Pistons cruise past Bulls, Red Wings defeat Jets in a shootout

By Dave Hart
LocalSportsJournal.com

Pistons 102, Bulls 91 – The Pistons continued their trend of holding opponents to under 100 points at the Palace on Tuesday night against the Chicago Bulls.

Detroit jumped out to a 32-21 lead after the first quarter and led 51-44 at halftime before relinquishing the advantage in the third quarter.

The Pistons, who were down 72-71 heading into the fourth, closed out the game with a 31-19 run during the final quarter of the game.

Tobias Harris paced Detroit with 22 points while Andre Drummond chipped in with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Marcus Morris added 13 points for the Pistons, who are now 12-11 on the season.

The Bulls were led by Jimmy Butler with a game-high 32 points while Dwyane Wade added 19.

Detroit will travel to face the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday night.

 

Record: 12-11

Tied for 2nd Place in Central Division (4 games behind first place Cleveland)

Tied 6th Place in Eastern Conference (4 games behind first place Cleveland)

1 game ahead of Indiana for the final playoff spot

Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 60

Magic # to clinch a Central Division title: 66

Magic # to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 66

Next Game: 12/07/2016 @ Charlotte Hornets 7:00 p.m. @ Spectrum Center

Stats: Tobias Harris 22 points 7 rebounds, Andre Drummond 15 points 10 rebounds, Marcus Morris 13 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 12 points, Reggie Jackson 7 assists.

 

Red Wings 4, Jets 3 (SO) – The Red Wings outscored the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 in the shootout on Tuesday night for the second straight overtime win.

Thomas Vanek and Henrik Zetterberg each scored in the shootout for Detroit, while Winnipeg’s Patrik Laine notched its lone score.

The Red Wings trailed 3-1 after the first period before scoring two second period goals to tie the game 3-3.

Both teams failed to score during the third period and overtime to force a three-round shootout.

Detroit’s Tomas Tatar, Anthony Mantha and Vanek each scored a goal for the Red Wings.

The Jets were led by Laine with a goal and an assist while Dustin Byfuglien contributed with two assists.

The Red Wings are now 13-11-3 on the season, good for 29 points and fifth place in the Atlantic Division. They are two points behind the Washington Capitals for the final playoff spot.

Detroit will start a five-game home stand starting Friday night against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

 

Record: 13-11-3   29 pts

5th Place in Atlantic Division (8 points behind first place Montreal)

11th Place in Eastern Conference (9 points behind Montreal)

2 points behind Washington for the last playoff spot

Magic # of pts to clinch a playoff berth: 113 pts

Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Atlantic Division title: 121 pts

Magic # of pts to clinch a regular season Eastern Conference title: 121 pts

Next Game: 12/09/2016 vs Columbus Blue Jackets 7:30 p.m. @ Joe Louis Arena

Stats: Goals- Tomas Tatar (4), Anthony Mantha (4), Thomas Vanek (5).   Assists- Danny DeKeyser (4), Henrik Zetterberg (14), Dylan Larkin (2), Xavier Ouellet (2), Gustav Nyquist (11). SHOOTOUT- DET 2 (Vanek, Zetterberg) WNG 1. Goalie- Petr Mrazek W (8-5-3) 31 saves on 34 shots.

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