Pistons drop fifth straight game

DETROIT — Their AD was better than the Pistons’ AD.

Any questions about Anthony Davis’ star power were answered Sunday at the Palace.

He dominated the Pistons and Andre Drummond, scoring 26 points and pulling down 13 rebounds – in the first half.

Davis finished with a career-high and Palace-record 59 points and tacked on 20 rebounds, single-handedly sending the Pistons to their five straight loss,111-106.

On points 56 and 57 Drummond (21 points, 14 rebounds) was on Davis like glue. When the fade-away jump shot went in, Drummond ran down court shaking his head in disbelief.

Reggie Jackson led four Pistons in double figures with 34 points.

Davis, 24-for-34 from the field, recorded just the third 50-20 game in the last 30 years; Chris Webber and Shaquille O’Neal being the other two.

The last-place Southwest Division Pelicans improved to 22-33 while the Pistons (27-29) playoff hopes continue to slide with their fifth straight loss.

In the third quarter the 6-foot-10 forward hit a triple that was matched by Jackson, tying the game at 69.

The last-place Pelicans started pulling away with an 11-4 run, opening up an 80-73 lead on a jump shot by who else but Davis?

New Orleans led 80-75 after three.

Tobias Harris, making his home debut after scoring 21 points Friday in a loss to Washington, momentarily gave the Pistons an 81-80 lead with a three, but Jrue Holiday stamped an 8-2 New Orleans spurt with consecutive baskets for an 88-83 lead.


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