Pistons add to Blazers' road woes
The Trail Blazers' road woes continued Monday in a 111-91 loss to Detroit at Little Caesars Arena.
Blake Griffin scored 21 points with nine rebounds and Andre Drummond collected 17 points, 17 boards, five assists and three blocked shots as the Pistons (26-26) won their fourth straight game.
Damian Lillard had 20 points, five rebounds and five assists but didn't have nearly enough help as Portland (29-25) finished 0-3 on a trip that included stops at Toronto and Boston.
The Blazers shot only .394 from the field, including 10 for 33 from 3-point range.
Detroit led 22-20 after one quarter, with Griffin scoring 10 points.
The Pistons increased the difference to 43-30, but the Blazers responded with a 10-0 run to get to within 43-40. Detroit took a 49-43 advantage into intermission.
Detroit cranked its advantage up to 75-57 late in the third quarter. Portland closed to within 79-67 after three periods.
The Pistons expanded the margin to 99-79 with five minutes left, and it was on to garbage time.
NOTES: Portland returns home for a Thursday night date with Charlotte at Moda Center. ... The Pistons (25-26) have won the last five meetings with Portland. Detroit has won three in a row after an eight-game losing streak. ... Portland forward Evan Turner (calf) did not play. ... Portland reserve point guard Shabazz Napier returned after missing Sunday's game at Boston (toe). He scored eight points but made only 3 of 12 shots from the field. ... Portland's CJ McCollum, who averaged 30 points in the two games against Detroit last season, had 14 points Monday — nine in the fourth quarter. ... Lillard (10,061) needs seven points to pass Jerome Kersey (10,067) and move into fifth place on Portland's career scoring list. ... Portland is 14-15 on the road.