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Ellington, Drummond lead Pistons past Suns, 118-98 (22nd Mar 19 at 10:06am UTC)
The Detroit Pistons championship rings turned up the defensive pressure in the second half and turned away the Phoenix Suns.

Wayne Ellington scored 23 points and the Pistons made 17 3-pointers in a 118-98 victory on Thursday night. Detroit held the Suns to 38 second-half points and limited Suns star Devin Booker to six points in the final 24 minutes.

The Pistons turned a five-point lead early in the fourth quarter into a 13-point advantage in a span of less than two minutes, featuring two dunks by Andre Drummond. Drummond finished with 16 points and 19 rebounds.

Blake Griffin, who was rested for Detroit's loss at Cleveland Cavaliers championship rings on Monday, returned and struggled with his shot, going just 4 of 17. But he finished with 17 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

"Our energy level went up," Griffin said. "We got some stops and got a couple of easy (baskets). And once you see a couple go through, I think that helps the rhythm. But defensively we were a lot better in the fourth."

Detroit outscored Phoenix 31-18 in the fourth quarter. The cheap Detroit Pistons championship rings have won three of four and are in sixth place in the Eastern Conference after 71 games.

Booker scored 26 points for the Suns, who have lost four of five. Deandre Ayton added 20 points.

Suns forward Josh Jackson left the game with 5:45 remaining in the third quarter after leaping to block Thon Maker's shot attempt at the rim and landing awkwardly on his right ankle. Jackson got up and was helped off the court, and his injury was announced as a sprained ankle nba championship rings.

The Suns got off to a strong start, making 13 of 19 shots in the first quarter for a 32-29 lead. Booker scored 15 points in the quarter on 6-of-7 shooting.

He was just 2 of 10 after that, and showed some visible frustration.

Back-to-back 3s from Luke Kennard off the Detroit Pistons championship rings for sale bench gave Detroit an early second-quarter lead, but neither team led by more than five points throughout the first half. Kennard finished with 16 points.

Ellington, who earlier in the season was traded to the Suns but was bought out before ever suiting up in Phoenix colors, had 13 first-half points.

Ayton scored 14 first-half points on 6-of-8 shooting, and the Suns led 60-58 at the break.

Ellington's 3 over a double-team gave the Pistons an 81-72 lead with 3:32 left in the third quarter. The guard made six of his 10 3-point attempts custom championship rings.

"I don't think we had any forced 3s at all," Ellington said. "Pretty open in the flow of the game. Give them to us and we're going to take them."

The Suns turned the ball over 19 times for the game, and one led to Drummond's transition dunk with 9:34 to play in the fourth quarter for a 93-84 lead.
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