Drummond’s big game lifts Pistons over Suns 116-108

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DETROIT (AP)Andre Drummond had 31 points and 19 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons handed the Phoenix Suns their fourth straight loss, 116-108 on Wednesday night.

Reggie Jackson added 25 points for Detroit and Christian Wood had 21. Kelly Oubre Jr. led the Suns with 30.

The Pistons led 101-94 in the fourth quarter after a 3-pointer by Wood, but the Suns scored the next six points to close within one. Detroit answered with a 9-2 run capped by Jackson’s 3-pointer.

There’s been trade speculation about Drummond, and this was Detroit’s last game before Thursday’s trade deadline. He had 20 points and 11 rebounds by halftime and finished just two points shy of his career high.

It was the 402nd double-double for Drummond, putting him in a tie with Bill Laimbeer for third on the team’s career list.

Deandre Ayton scored 26 points for the Suns and Devin Booker added 22. Ricky Rubio had no points and 10 assists at halftime, but he had only one assist and four points the rest of the way.

Detroit led 64-61 after two quarters.

DEPTH

Detroit’s bench outscored Phoenix’s 39-13, with Wood leading the way. Langston Galloway contributed 15 points for the Pistons.

TIP-INS

Suns: Phoenix was without Dario Saric (left ankle), Tyler Johnson (right knee), Ty Jerome (left calf), Aron Baynes (left hip) and Cameron Johnson (right quad). … Ayton had 12 rebounds, four assists and four blocks. He surpassed 100 blocked shots for his career.

Pistons: Detroit has been without Blake Griffin because of left knee surgery. The Pistons were also missing Derrick Rose (left hip), Luke Kennard (knee), Markieff Morris (illness) and Svi Mykhailiuk (right hip). … Seven of Drummond’s 19 rebounds were at the offensive end. Detroit had 17 second-chance points to Phoenix’s eight.

UP NEXT

Suns: Host the Houston Rockets on Friday night.

Pistons: Visit the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday night.

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