Kurt Helin

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Pistons hand Clippers first road loss with 108-97 win

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Stan Van Gundy has been waiting all season for his Detroit Pistons to show the kind of determination that got them into the playoffs. Stan Van Gundy has been waiting all season for his Detroit Pistons to show the kind of determination that got them into the playoffs.

Friday night, he got a glimpse.

The Pistons blew an 18-point lead in the third quarter, but rallied down the stretch to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 108-97.

Detroit had lost 11 straight to the Clippers, including a 114-82 rout at the Staples Center on Nov. 7.

“We got embarrassed the last time we played that team, and I knew these guys didn’t want that to happen again,” Van Gundy said. “But beating that team is going to take 48 minutes of effort and we haven’t been able to do that many times this season.”

Detroit won its second straight and improved to 7-2 at home, as opposed to 1-7 on the road.

“I’m very happy with the way we played tonight, but we have to be able to take this level of effort on the road,” Van Gundy said. “We’ve got four road games in the next seven days against really good teams. We can’t keep giving those games away.”

The Clippers lost for just the second time in 13 games, falling to 7-1 on the road.

“Give the Pistons credit; Stan really had them ready to play,” Clippers coach Doc Rivers said. “They came out with so much more energy that we did in the first 10 minutes, and it is tough to dig yourselves out of a big hole on the road.”

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 16 points and a career-high 10 assists for Detroit and Andre Drummond had 16 points and 10 rebounds. The Pistons got at least 15 points from all five starters and Jon Leuer added 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

“We are really starting to come together,” Drummond said. “We are more in sync defensively, and the offensive is starting to come around.”

J.J. Redick and Blake Griffith each had 24 points for the Clippers, while Chris Paul had eight points to go with 15 assists.

“This wasn’t a lack of effort,” Paul said. “We were energized, but they made shots.”

The Pistons trailed by as many as 43 earlier this month in Los Angeles, but jumped out to a 31-14 lead in Friday’s first quarter. However, with Drummond limited to 8:19 in the first half by foul trouble and Morris playing just 3:42, the Clippers were able to pull within 57-48 at halftime.

The Pistons built the margin to as many as 18 early in the third, with Caldwell-Pope finding Drummond for several alley-oops. However, Redick took over the game, scoring 10 points in the final 1:27 of the quarter. His back-to-back 3-pointers pulled the Clippers within 82-80 at period’s end.

“We cut into their lead at the end of the third quarter, but we were still making mistakes,” Rivers said. “When you are that far behind, you have to play perfect basketball or you use up everything getting it close.”

Redick finished with 18 in the quarter.

“He did all that against a really good defender in KCP,” Van Gundy said. “I was sitting on the bench wondering how I didn’t win 65 games a year when I was coaching him in Orlando.”

Los Angeles scored the first four points of the fourth to take the lead, but stopped hitting shots. That let the Pistons respond with a 15-2 run, capped off by Caldwell-Pope’s 3-pointer to make it 97-86 with 5:14 to play.

“We didn’t panic,” Caldwell-Pope said. “We just kept doing what we had been doing all game, and kept trying to make J.J. work.”

TIP-INS

Clippers: Paul didn’t score in the second half, but put up 10 assists. … With the Pistons moving to Little Caesars Arena for the 2017-18 season, this was the Clippers’ final regular-season visit to the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Pistons: Guard Stanley Johnson was suspended for one game after an unspecified violation of team rules. That left the Pistons without three rotation guards, as both Reggie Jackson and Reggie Bullock missed the game with left knee injuries.

PLAY MAKER

With Jackson not expected to play his first game until next week, Caldwell-Pope was the first Detroit player to reach double figures in assists in a game.

VISITING CELEBRITY

During a timeout, the Palace scoreboard showed Darius Slay’s interception of Sam Bradford’s pass that helped the Detroit Lions beat the Minnesota Vikings 16-13 on Thanksgiving. Slay, one of several Lions in attendance, then autographed a football and tossed it to the crowd.

 

Houston Rockets set NBA record with 50 three-point attempts in win over Sacramento

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James Harden took 11 of them. So did Trevor Ariza. Eric Gordon topped them both with 12.

It is only fitting that a Mike D’Antoni coached team holds the NBA record for most three-point attempts in a game — the Rockets set that Friday night with 50 of them. Houston made 21 (42 percent), and that was enough to get the 117-104 win over Sacramento.

The 21 made threes were two short of that NBA record. The Rockets took 58.8 percent of their shots for the game from beyond the arc, and 71.4 of their made threes came off an assist. Check out the Rockets’ three-point shot chart for the night.

Rockets shotchart

DeMarcus Cousins had 32 points and nine rebounds on the night, but it wasn’t enough to get the Kings a win at home.

Watch Carmelo Anthony sink OT game winner, lift Knicks over Hornets

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Sometimes, waving off everyone and going at it in isolation works.

With time running down in overtime between the Knicks and Hornets, Carmelo Anthony — long accused of playing too much isolation ball — did just that, setting up a one-on-one battle that led to a 17-foot fade away. Few are more dangerous when isolated than Anthony, and he drained what would be the game-winner.

With the 113-111 win — behind 35 points from Anthony — the Knicks now have a winning record at 8-7. Give Derrick Rose a little love for the win, too, he blocked a potential game winner by Kemba Walker.

Sharpshooter Kevin Martin retires after 12 NBA seasons

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If you can shoot the rock, it seems like there is a place for you in the NBA forever. Or close to it.

His killer catch-and-shoot skills had Kevin Martin part of the NBA rotation for a dozen years, but Martin bought an ad in his hometown Zanesville Times Recorder in Ohio on Thanksgiving to say his time in the NBA has come to an end (hat tip Bleacher Report):

Thank you, thank you, thank you. There’s not a more perfect day for me to express those feelings. There are so many ways to announce your after professional career plans. My family and close friends have known since June of the direction I wanted my life to go….

To my community, I think the way I have always wanted to do it was on a personal level with the place that has always been there for me as I started this journey as a 18 year old kid. That place is Zanesville, OH!  It was always about you!  Special is just the start to describe you guys as part of my journey from day 1.  Honestly, there isn’t enough pages or enough days in a year for me to name everyone that has had a positive impact in my life…. Thank you so much and I’m excited to see who the next kid will be to experience the professional sports world but most importantly… for them to experience the reception from our community every time they are able to come back home and give hope for the next generation!!!

In appreciation to you… The Kevin Martin Youth Foundation will be donating $100,000 to enhance the talents of our young children, on and off the sporting fields, in the Zanesville and surrounding area! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Martin played for the Sacramento Kings, Minnesota Timberwolves, Houston Rockets, Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, with a career average of 17.4 points per game. He averaged more than 23 points a game three times, twice with Rick Adelman in Sacramento and once in Houston. The past couple years he battled injury, including a fractured wrist.

Coming out of Western Carolina, Martin always exceeded expectations, he could knock down shots but his game rounded out to do much more than that — he could put the ball on the floor, dish a little, and play some defense. But scoring was his forte — watch him drop 50 on the Warriors back in 2009.

Grizzlies’ Zach Randolph won’t play Friday due to mother’s death

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph won’t play Friday against the Miami Heat due to the death of his mother, Mae Randolph.

The Grizzlies issued a statement Friday on the death of Mae Randolph saying, “Zach and his mother had an inseparable bond.”

Grizzlies general manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that he would never forget “the unbridled joy she took in attending our games” and noted that “Mae raised Zach to be a man with an enormous heart, who is deeply committed to enriching the lives of those in need, and for that legacy we are forever indebted to her.”