The Detroit Pistons have a new streak on their hands — and this time it is a winning streak. Detroit survived a raucous Indianapolis crowd and big games from Victor Oladipo and Myles Turner to secure a 104-98 win against a division foe.
The Pistons got contributions up and down the roster, but nobody was bigger than Andre Drummond. Detroit’s big man had 23 points, 13 rebounds (including six offensive) and three big blocks.
Detroit was up 95-79 with just over 9 minutes left and looked to be cruising toward a victory when the Pacers put their foot on the gas and the Conseco Field House exploded. The Pacers went on a 14-0 run and looked poised to steal another win from Detroit. Earlier this season, the Pacers overcame a 22-point deficit.
Turner took a 3 with 1:34 left and his team trailing 100-98, but he missed and the Pistons were able to survive.
Detroit was without their best defender in Avery Bradley and both Reggie Jackson and Ish Smith struggled. With three important guards out of commission or ineffective, the rest of the roster needed to respond.
Starting in place of Bradley, Luke Kennard played smart, confident ball. He scored 9 points and had five rebounds and was one of four Pistons with four assists. Reggie Bullock also played extremely well, scoring a season-high 15 points, hitting three 3-pointers.
Stanley Johnson scored early and often, and he also played some great defense on noted Pistons killer Lance Stephenson. Finally, professional bucket getter Langston Galloway professionally got some buckets. He hit three 3s and had 11 points.
The win gives Detroit and Indiana identical 16-13 records and a 2-1 edge in the season series. The Pistons play the Magic on Sunday at 4 p.m.