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Derrick Rose buries winning bucket, Pistons sink Pelicans

New Orleans — The Pistons’ reserve group was supposed to be one of their biggest improvements this season. With the addition of Derrick Rose, they got a boost.

They needed the second unit on Monday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

Rose was at the center of it all

On a night when Andre Drummond and Luke Kennard got in early foul trouble, the reserves carried the weight and Rose was the hero, hitting the game-winning shot on a spinning runner, as the Pistons surged to a 105-103 victory over the Pelicans at Smoothie King Center.