Spurs Pistons Basketball

San Antonio Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan (10) drives on Detroit Pistons guard Langston Galloway (9) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

DETROIT — Pistons coach Dwane Casey has believed since training camp that he was the right person to unlock Christian Wood’s potential.

On Sunday, he got another sign he might be right.

Wood came off the bench to score a career-high 28 points in 22 minutes as Detroit routed the San Antonio Spurs 132-98.

Along with his scoring, defense and rebounding, Wood’s performance had another benefit for the Pistons. He scored 19 points in the game’s final 15 minutes, giving Andre Drummond a lengthy rest with games coming on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Drummond played 26 minutes and Blake Griffin played just 22 as the Pistons got 75 bench points on 67 percent shooting. Luke Kennard added 20 points for the Pistons, who had lost eight of 10. Detroit had seven players score in double figures, including four reserves.

The Spurs, who lost for the 11th time in 13 games, got 20 points from DeMar DeRozan. San Antonio shot 41 percent from the floor, including 27 percent on 3-pointers.

“Yes, I’m disappointed,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “We came out aggressively in our last game against the Clippers and we had energy and execution at both ends. They scored 97 and tonight we gave up 132. It was brutal.”

Detroit got 45 points off 3-pointers to San Antonio’s 21.

The Pistons led 59-51 at the half. Detroit had an 24-9 advantage in points off 3-pointers, but was hampered by nine turnovers. Detroit expanded its lead to 72-57 in the first 4 minutes of the third quarter.

The Spurs fouled Drummond on back-to-back possessions later in the quarter, and he made one of the four free throws. Casey replaced him with Wood, who had put up nine points and four rebounds in 7 first-half minutes.

Wood quickly added another nine points and two rebounds, helping the Pistons expand the margin to 96-71 at quarter’s end.

Detroit outscored San Antonio 73-47 in the second half.