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Friday, December 21, 2012

Pistons quick hits

— Andre Drummond set career highs in rebounds (14) and blocks (5) in Detroit’s win over the Wizards Friday, and had 11 points to record the third double-double of his career.

Drummond, who is a Connecticut native, also paid tribute to the victims of the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newton, Conn. Drummond played Friday’s game with 28 SH’s on his shoes, one for each victim.

— Rodney Stuckey left Friday’s game after taking a shot in the mouth. One of Stuckey’s teeth was pushed back, but not out. Stuckey did not return Friday, but was expected to play Saturday in Washington.

— Stuckey leaving Friday’s game led to Pistons rookie Slava Kravtsov making his NBA debut. Stuckey was fouled driving in for a layup when he got hit in the mouth. Since Stuckey couldn’t return to shoot his free throws, the Wizards got to choose who on the Pistons bench would shoot them and chose Kravtsov.

Kravtsov hit one of two and was taken out of the game seconds later. But since the game a blowout, Kravtsov later returned and had a dunk with 22.1 seconds left.

“Slava stepped in and made one of two, that’s not easy,” Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. “It was nice to be able to get him in a game. He stayed with it and finished with a dunk, good taste in his mouth.”

— Greg Monroe is just one of three players averaging more than 15 points, 9 rebounds and 3 assists in the NBA. Atlanta’s Al Horford and Golden State’s David Lee are the other two.


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