AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) – Reggie Jackson had 23 points and a career-high 20 assists as the Detroit Pistons ended a 10-game skid with a 105-95 comeback victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Tuesday night.
The Pistons trailed by 15 at halftime, but Jackson dominated Beno Udrih, who was starting at point guard in place of injured Mike Conley (ankle). Jackson had 11 points and 13 assists in the second half to pick up Detroit’s second 20-point, 20-assist game of the season.
Jeff Green led Memphis with 21 points, while Marc Gasol had 17 points and 11 rebounds before fouling out. Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 16 rebounds for Detroit.
Detroit’s lone bright spot in the half was Jackson, who had 12 points and seven assists in the half. Jackson’s backup, rookie Spencer Dinwiddie, was 0 for 3 from the floor and only giving out one assist.
Detroit started making jumpers in the second half, though, and a pair of Caldwell-Pope 3-pointers tied the game at 73 in the final minute of the third. Jackson had nine assists in the quarter, giving him a career-high 16 with 12 minutes to play, but a Vince Carter 3-pointer gave Memphis a 76-75 lead heading into the fourth.
Jackson came out early in the fourth. This time, Dinwiddie held his own, scoring five points and grabbing a pair of rebounds in a six-minute stretch.
The Pistons took 88-87 lead on a Jodie Meeks four-point play midway through the fourth.
Jackson returned with a three-point play followed by a driving layup, putting Detroit ahead 95-90 with 3:45 left. He finished off the 20/20 game with a lob pass to Drummond with 7 seconds to play. The Pistons are the first team since at least 1985-86 to get 20-point, 20-assists games from two players in the same season.
Grizzlies: Zach Randolph got a big hand from the Palace crowd during pregame introductions, as he has since entering the NBA. Randolph starred at Michigan State, teaming up with Jason Richardson to lead the Spartans to the Final Four in 2001.
Pistons: Drummond (concussion) and Tayshaun Prince (hip) both recovered from injuries sustained in Saturday’s loss at Utah in order to play against Memphis, and Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said that he does not expect Greg Monroe (knee) to miss much time with his injury. Monroe strained his right knee in Monday’s practice, and is questionable for Wednesday’s game in Philadelphia.
Grizzlies: visit the Mavericks on Friday.
Pistons: visit the Sixers on Wednesday.