Recap: Pistons 78, Heat 77

Posted Jul 11, 2013 3:56 PM

Dan Savage,

The Detroit Pistons are a franchise looking to take the next step.

If they're going to make that advancement, Andre Drummond is going to have to be the player that takes them there.

The ninth overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft delivered another monstrous performance with 23 points and 18 rebounds and Tony Mitchell threw down a game-winning put-back slam with 1.7 seconds to give the Pistons an exhilarating 78-77 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday.

Although Mitchell's slam won the game, it was Drummond who stole the show.

He displayed physical dominance on several occasions, including clearing out Miami's Jarvis Varnado for a go-ahead, put-back slam with just over two minutes remaining.

"He's just imposing," said Pistons Head Coach Mo Cheeks, who has been in attendance all week observing summer league action. "He's a guy that can score, take up a lot of space, rebound the ball. I like what I've seen. He's good."

Detroit's physical specimen is averaging 15.7 points, 15 boards, 2.6 steals and 2.6 blocks per game this week.

Another Motor City prospect, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, did his share of damage, firing off 15 points.

Pistons second-round pick Peyton Siva continued to improve, looking extremely comfortable running the point, while notching nine points, nine assists and seven steals.

"From game one to game four, he's done an absolutely great job of running the team," said Detroit coach Maz Trakh. "We're really encouraged by the way he's played."

Ian Clark, an undrafted free agent out of Belmont, had another sound contest for Miami's squad, pouring in 15 points. James Ennis and Eric Griffin each scored. 10.