Dwane Casey is a little perplexed by his team’s performance in afternoon games.
“We’ve got to drink some coffee in the morning, wake up a little bit earlier,” the Detroit coach said. “Wake up a little bit earlier, have a 6 o’clock-in-the-morning shootaround, something to get us going.”
For three quarters Sunday, the Pistons seemed content to trade baskets with lowly Phoenix, but Detroit finally went on a 15-3 run in the fourth and beat the Suns 118-107. Andre Drummond had 19 points and 16 rebounds, and Blake Griffin added 16 points and 11 assists for the Pistons.
Devin Booker scored 37 points for Phoenix, and rookie Deandre Ayton had a season-high 25 points with 13 rebounds. Reggie Jackson had 19 points and eight assists for the Pistons.
Phoenix forward T.J. Warren was ejected in the second quarter after receiving two technical fouls following an offensive foul that was called against him.
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