Blake Griffin scores 19 in season debut for Pistons

DETROIT -- Blake Griffin scored 19 points and added seven rebounds and six assists in his season debut for the Detroit Pistons, who lost 120-144 to the Timberwolves on Monday night.

Griffin, who had been rehabilitating a sore knee and hamstring since preseason, played 24 minutes in his return to action. The 30-year-old had a left knee procedure after last season.

Andrew Wiggins scored 33 points and Karl-Anthony Towns added 25 for Minnesota, which snapped an eight-game losing streak to the Pistons.

Minnesota shot 8-of-10 from 3-point range in the first quarter and led 41-26, and the Pistons never cut too far into the deficit until the fourth. A 3-pointer by Detroit's Tony Snell made it 109-104, but Towns drew a double-team at the other end and passed to an open Wiggins, whose 3-pointer restored the lead to eight.

Minnesota led by 19 in the third before the Pistons ran off eight points in a row. Towns ended that quarter with a driving dunk that put the Timberwolves ahead 92-81.

Minnesota was without point guard Jeff Teague (illness).

Luke Kennard led Detroit with 25 points, and Snell scored 16. Andre Drummond had 11 points and 12 rebounds, but he went just 4-of-12 from the field.


Each team had a reserve shooting well. Minnesota's Jake Layman made four 3-pointers and scored 16 points. Detroit's Langston Galloway made four 3s of his own and finished with 18 points.


Timberwolves: Minnesota was also without G Shabazz Napier (right hamstring strain).

Pistons: G Reggie Jackson (lumbar stress reaction) did not play for Detroit.


Timberwolves: Host the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Visit the Miami Heat on Tuesday night.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.