In a play that is usually reserved for the up-tempo flash of an All-Star game, the Pistons took off on a 3-on-1 fast break in the first quarter and Rose threw the ball off the backboard to a driving Andre Drummond, who finished with a monster dunk.
Rose and Drummond seemed to be on the same page from the onset of the fast break, as the Pistons’ big man motioned for Rose to throw the ball off the glass.
The combination of Rose and Drummond was lethal for the Pistons on Saturday, with Rose scoring 27 points and adding 9 assists, while Drummond tallied 16 points and 17 rebounds.
Rose Leads Way In Pistons’ Second Straight Road Win
The Rose-to-Drummond mega highlight of the night came midway through the first quarter, but it may have been an early TKO for the Hawks, who were never really in the game following that play.
The Pistons jumped out to a seven-point lead after the first quarter, held a 16-point lead at halftime and took a commanding 27-point lead into the third.
Rose led the way for the Pistons in their second straight road win, scoring a game-high 27 points.
The 31-year-old Rose came into Saturday’s game, fresh off a 22-point, 6 assist effort on Wednesday in the Pistons’ 116-103 win over the Celtics, where he went 11-for-11 from inside the three-point line. Drummond added 13 points and 13 rebounds as the Pistons took down the Celtics on the road.
Rose has starred off the bench in his first season with Detroit, averaging 18.1 points and 5.8 assists coming into Saturday.
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