T-wolves hand Pistons 7th straight home loss

March 26, 2013

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The scouting report against the Minnesota Timberwolves is pretty simple -- pack the paint, because they can't shoot 3-pointers.

Don't tell that to the Detroit Pistons.

The Timberwolves, who came into the game
shooting a league-worst 29 percent from behind the arc, hit 14
3-pointers Tuesday night in a 105-82 rout of the hapless Detroit

"We were due for a night like this,"
said J.J. Berea, who went 5 for 7 on 3s. "Our starters started getting
hot, and we kept the flow going."

Detroit snapped a 10-game losing streak
Saturday night in Charlotte, but certainly didn't build off that win
against Minnesota.

"Of those 14 3-pointers, how many were
contested? Not many," said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. "We just had so
many defensive breakdowns tonight. We let them hit some shots and gain
some confidence, and then we just left them wide-open all night."

The game matched one of the league's
worst home teams against one of the worst on the road. The Pistons
haven't won at home since before the All-Star break, losing seven
straight, while Minnesota only had one road victory in March.

Nikola Pekovic provided a perfect
complement to Minnesota's 3-point barrage, dominating the paint for 18
points and 11 rebounds. Barea matched a season-best with 21 points off
the bench, while Luke Ridnour scored 15 and Ricky Rubio added 14 points
and nine assists.

"It was fun to have a game like this,"
Rubio said. "When shots are going in, it is easier to play. We've been
strong all season, but we haven't hit 3s, so we need to keep this

Greg Monroe had 11 points and 12
rebounds for Detroit, while point guard Jose Calderon scored 14 points,
but had only one assist. Monroe and Calderon were the only Pistons to
reach double figures, until Khris Middleton got to 10 with an
uncontested dunk in the final 20 seconds.

The Timberwolves hit five of six
3-pointers early in the third quarter to take a 13-point lead. Minnesota
kept rolling throughout the period, outscoring Detroit 38-16 in the
quarter to build an 82-54 lead.

"We just didn't guard anyone," rookie Kim English said.

Another small Palace crowd showered the
Pistons with boos as the game got more and more out of hand. The only
cheer came when the mascot hit a half-court shot during a timeout, but
the applause ended when Minnesota scored another easy basket shortly
after the break.

"We deserved everything we got
tonight," Frank said. "We've got 24 wins and not many games left. The
fans that were out here tonight are the hardcore loyalists, and we need
to give them a better product. They have every right to boo us right

The Pistons were missing backup point guard Will Bynum (hand) and
rookie center Andre Drummond (back). Drummond, who has been out since
Feb. 8, has returned to full activity and could play as soon as Friday.
... Kevin Love is scheduled to have a CT scan on his broken right hand
later this week to determine if he will play again this season. ...
Long-time Pistons trainer Mike Abdenour will be out indefinitely with an
undisclosed medical issue.