Tonight, the Detroit Pistons (8-3) beat the Indiana Pacers, 114-97 and for the first time since 2008-09, the Pistons are 8-3. Tobias Harris led all scorers with 23 points while collecting 8 rebounds. Reggie Jackson scored 18 points and dished 6 assists. Andre Drummond shot great from the floor (7-9 fg ) but he missed all seven of his free throws. Drummond finished with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and 4 assists. Off the bench, Langston Galloway continued his hot shooting, scoring 12 points on 4 of 5 attempts. Ish Smith pitched in 10 points and 5 assists.
As a team, the Pistons outshot (51.8% vs 43.2%) and out-rebounded (50 vs 38) the Pacers while playing strong, enthused defense. The Pacers struggled mightily this evening with their shot, especially from deep (29.2%). “Offensively, we played pretty well for most of the night,” Van Gundy said. “Defensively, especially in the second and fourth quarters, we were really good. We did enough to get by.”
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 21 points while Al Jefferson turned back the clock and poured in 19 points in 22 minutes. Overall, this game was never really in doubt even though the Pacers closed the gap to 82-75 to end the third quarter. In the fourth, the Pistons revved up their defense and hit timely shots and the Pacers could not keep up. Pacers’ Head Coach Nate McMillan possibly said it best in the post game:
The Detroit Pistons have now won three in a row and they will look to continue their winning streak Friday when take on the Atlanta Hawks (2-9) at 7pm EST / 4pm PST at the Little Caesars Arena.