The Detroit Pistons lost to the Indiana Pacers 107-100. The Pacers will move back to .500 at 8-8, while the Pistons will fall to 10-5.
Avery Bradley and Reggie Jackson led the Pistons with 16 points. Tobias Harris added in 15 points, while Andre Drummond had another double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds. Drummond also had 5 assists. Luke Kennard and Ish Smith brought a spark off the bench, with Smith chipping in 15 points and Kennard with 13 points. The Pistons blew a 22 point lead with 5 minutes to go in the third.
Victor Oladipo led the Pacers with 21 points and 15 rebounds. Thaddeus Young had 18 points and Darren Collison had 16 points and 6 assists. The bench helped Indiana eat at the 22 point lead in the third with the assistance of Lance Stephenson and Domantes Sabonis. Stephenson had 13 points and 8 rebounds, and Sabonis had 12 points and 10 rebounds. Clutch shots from Collison and Stephenson kept the Pistons at bay.
Injury Notes: No one got hurt during the game. Oladipo went down late in the fourth, but got up and continued to play.
This has to be the Pistons worst loss of the season. They had a 22 point lead late in the third, and there’s never a reason to blow that kind of lead. The bench, which played very well in the first half, struggled in relieving the starters and coughed up the 22 point lead. Harris gave the Pistons a 97-95 lead with a layup with 3:45 seconds left. However, Jackson followed it up with lazy play, turnovers, and an awful three point shot attempt by Jackson halted any kind of Pistons hope to take the game back.
The Pistons will take on the Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:00 PM on Sunday. The Pacers will take on the Miami Heat at 5:00 PM on Sunday.
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