The Detroit Pistons held of the late rally by the Indiana Pacers to win 104-98. Both Detroit and Indiana will move to 16-13.
Indiana was led by Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner, with Oladipo scoring 26 and Turner scoring 24. Lance Stephenson was a nice spark off the bench for the Pacers, as he had 9 points, 8 rebounds, and 5 assists. An Oladipo three over Andre Drummond late in the fourth seemed to have official shifted the momentum for the Pacers, but the Pistons held them off late.
The Pistons were led by Andre Drummond, who had another monster game tonight. He ended with 23 points, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks, and a steal. Luke Kennard made his first career start tonight for the inactive Avery Bradley. Kennard scored 9 points on 4-6 shooting, along with 5 rebounds, and 4 assists. Stanley Johnson got in the face of Stephenson in the first half, and the two seemed to exchange words. Johnson seemed to have won that matchup, finishing with 13 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, and a win.
It was a physical game between the teams, but everyone got out the game healthy and there were no injuries.
The Pistons were hitting on all cylinders on offense in the first half, but struggled late in the game which led to the Pacers comeback. Johnson had his best game in awhile, and seem to be more comfortable coming off the bench. The starting lineup had perfect spacing, with Kennard and Bullock successfully hitting outside shots. The Pistons have a good problem to deal with, and it’s depth. Once Avery Bradley returns, the Pistons will have Kennard, Johnson, and Galloway ( who had 11 off the bench) who deserve playing time off the bench.
The Pistons will take on the Orlando Magic on Sunday at 4:00 PM. The Pacers will travel to Brooklyn on Sunday to take on the Nets at 6:00 PM.
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