Brewer got away with one of the most egregious travels in recent memory after he stole the ball from the Oklahoma City Thunder’s Kevin Durant.
The Pistons used a 24-14 advantage in the third quarter and never relinquished the lead in registering back-to-back wins for only the second time all season.
The Lakers’ Nick Young has not been known to shy away from the spotlight, especially after he knocks down a game-winner like he did against the San Antonio Spurs on Friday night.
Andre Drummond — who finished with 23 points and 14 rebounds — sank a free throw with 2.5 seconds left, to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Phoenix Suns 105-103 win Friday night.
The teams entered with a combined record of 4-34, the second-worst in NBA history for teams about to play each other — with a minimum of 38 combined games.
Josh Smith had 16 points and Andre Drummond added 13 points with 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four straight. They had two three-game losing streaks earlier in the season.
After struggling inside in a six-point win at Navy and a 10-point loss to Duke in the Champions Classic, Michigan State was determined to get the ball to its big men early and often.
With the Pistons down 85-83 and 40 seconds left, Brandon Jennings missed a jumper, but Jonas Jerebko grabbed the rebound and fed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the go-ahead 3-pointer.
Zak Irvin scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half, and No. 24 Michigan rolled to a 77-53 victory over Bucknell on Monday night.
Detroit struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting only 42.5 percent, and weren’t able to get the ball inside with any regularity.